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Crist, Rubio react to Obama's Supreme Court pick

UPDATE: Marco Rubio decides to respond after all: "I look forward to hearing more about Judge Sotomayor and her views about the proper role of the courts and judicial activism. The role the Supreme Court is to interpret the Constitution, not to make law.  Given this, I am deeply concerned about Judge Sotomajor’s past comment that the courts are ‘where policy is made’ and look forward to hearing her explanation and defense of that view.

"Judge Sotomayor deserves a fair hearing and respectful treatment, but there is much in her legal background that is troubling and demands scrutiny and honest discussion. I hope that a serious examination of her record and beliefs will not be shelved or cast aside simply so Democrats can attempt to claim political credit for a ‘historic’ court nomination."


"I'll take a look at it," Gov. Charlie Crist said today when asked about President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court.

Likewise, Marco Rubio's campaign manager said Rubio had no immediate reaction either: "We don't know enough about her," said Brian Seitchik. "We want to wait until some more information comes out and then we'll go from there."

All it took was a quick online search to help Dennis Baxley of the Florida Christian Coalition make up his mind: "She's frightening. and she's racist,'' he said, referring to Sonia Sotomayer having said, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion [as a judge] than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

"If I had said that as a white man, I would be hung out to dry,'' Baxley said.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:02pm]


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