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Christie under fire from Rubio for supporting Sonia Sotomayor



Chris Christie tried to defend himself Monday against Marco Rubio’s charge that he supported liberal Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Rubio has been battling with Christie, who has shown life in New Hampshire, and unloaded various complaints against Christie's record during last week's debate.

“I wish that you would read the statement we sent you from May when she was nominated which was she’s not my kind of judge. She wouldn’t be my choice for the court,” Christie said on Fox News.

“And what I was saying then was those folks deserve an up or down vote after their confirmation. The same way Alito and Roberts were threatened by democrats not to get an up or down vote. Elections have consequences and the president has the right to appoint his justices. But I said very clearly in May that she was not my kind of judge. I would not have appointed her. So what Senator Rubio was doing is what senators do all the time. They talk and talk and obfuscate and make sure that people don’t understand the full context of things because they never have to be held accountable for anything.  That’s the difference between senators and governors. This is a first term senator who still is learning where the men’s room is in the Senate let alone figuring out how to lead a country. I agree with what Senator Rubio said himself. He said just two weeks ago Senators and congressmen can’t solve America’s problems. I couldn’t agree with him more.”

Christie isn’t revealing the totality of his support. As PolitiFact noted, two months after his initial comment, Christie said Sotomayor had "more than proven her capability, competence and ability," adding, "I support her appointment to the Supreme Court and urge the Senate to keep politics out of the process and confirm her nomination."

[Last modified: Monday, January 18, 2016 1:21pm]


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