Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is already facing questions on Capitol Hill. Tuesday, she met with ten senators from both sides of the aisle.
President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats are pushing for a quick confirmation so she can take the seat of Justice David Souter, who will retire at the end of the current Supreme Court session.
She met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and also met with Sen. Patrick Leahy, the leading Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Leahy asked Sotomayor about the controversial remark she made 2001, where she said she hoped her decisions as a "wise Latina" would be better than those of a white male who hadn't had the same experiences.
Her response? Leahy quoted the nominee as saying in a closed-door session, "Ultimately and completely, a judge has to follow the law no matter what their upbringing has been."
Sen. Jeff Sessions, of Alabama, the top Republican on the committee, said Sotomayor used those words with him as well.
"She used those words, and of course the question is, what is the law? How does a judge find the law, and what approach to statutory construction do they utilize?" Sessions said.
Sessions also said he thought her hearings should wait until September.
"I don't think it's good to rush," he said.
Sessions will meet Wednesday with Leahy to discuss scheduling Sotomayor's confirmation process.