Tough Questions Roll in for Sotomayor on Day Two

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WASHINGTON -- It's round two for Judge Sonia Sotomayor in her Supreme Court confirmation battle.

Democrats support her, but Republicans say she has shown biases both on and off the bench.

Aside from enduring pretty long opening statements -- some gushing and glowing, others unpleasant to sit through -- Sotomayor pretty much sailed through the first day of her confirmation hearing.

In fact, the top ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee graded her performance and gave her an "A."

Tuesday, however, it was a much different story.

Day two involved a series of intense questions from 19 senators on the committee.

Click play for comments on Sotomayor's past with Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America.  Click here to watch more analysis on Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings with visiting Regent University School of Government lecturer Mary Manjikian.

Democrats asked questions that tried to put Sotomayor and her answers in the most positive light.

"You've heard all these charges and counter charges -- the wise Latina and on and on. Here's your chance: You tell us what's going on here, judge," Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said.

"I want to state up front unequivocally and without doubt, I do not believe that any ethnic, racial or gender group has an advantage in sound judging," Sotomayor responded.

But Republicans aren't so sure she'll live up to Tuesday's responses, based on previous rulings and controversial statements she's made in the past.

"You stated that your background affects the facts you choose to see," Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., began.  "Was the fact that the new have firefighters had been subject to discrimination one of the facts you chose not to see?"

"No sir," Sotomayor insisted.  "The panel was made up of me and two other judges."

Conservatives fear Sotomayor is the first of other so-called "empathetic" Obama nominees who won't follow the law, but instead legislate from the bench.

Still, with a commanding majority in the Senate, Democrats and Republicans alike believe Sotomayor will be confirmed to be the next Supreme Court justice.

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