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Martinez liking Sotomayor

Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., said he's withholding judgment on the would-be Supreme Court justice until after her Senate hearings, but he sounded pretty high on Sonia Sotomayor after meeting with her Tuesday.

Martinez, the first Cuban-born member of the Senate and its only Hispanic Republican, spent 30 minutes with Sotomayor, who would be the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. Afterward, he said he found her likable and sharp.

"I should say I am very, very impressed with her, not only her personal qualities, but her understanding of the role of the judiciary and the role of a judge," said Martinez, a lawyer.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:04pm]

    

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