McCain to Oppose Sotomayor

Aug 3, 2009 3:25pm

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf reports: Sen. John McCain just announced on the Senate floor that he’ll oppose the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to sit on the Supreme Court. While most Republicans seem poised to oppose Sotomayor and the NRA has said it will count support for her as opposition to gun rights, she does have support from a handful of Republicans. Among the Republicans supporting Sotomayor is Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-SC, who is normally McCain’s political soul mate. McCain praised Sotomayor’s life story and career, but derided her as an activist judges who would seek to substitute her own opinion for the role of legislators. “An excellent resume and an inspiring life story are not enough to qualify one for a lifetime of service on the Supreme Court,” McCain said. “During her confirmation she said that as a federal judge I do not make the law. I applaud this statement, but it does not reflect her record as an appellate court judge,” he said. “I cannot support activist judges that seek to legislate from the bench. I have not supported such nominees in the past and I cannot support such nominees to the highest court in the land.”

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