Republicans Seek Delay on Sotomayor Vote

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The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said he wants to delay the vote on Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

"I was troubled by a number of the things the nominee has said, a number of the rulings she has made," Sen. Jeff Sessions, R- Ala. said.

Sotomayor's confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill have concluded. However, one little reported exchange during those hearings is now gaining attention.
Once Republican-now- Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania asked Sotomayor if nominees can be held accountable if they say one thing to Congress, but then rule differently after being confirmed.

"That, in fact, is one of the beauties of our constitutional system. That we do have a separation of powers," Sotomayor answered.
Specter replied, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. said he will not vote to confirm Sotomayor.  He cited what he called her lack of objectivity and his concern that her personal opinions would shape her rulings.

Democrats plan a final Senate vote to confirm Sotomayor in early August.

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