Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the top Republican in the Senate, says GOP senators will exercise their prerogatives in evaluating Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
A statement issued by McConnell's office reads in full:
“Senate Republicans will treat Judge Sotomayor fairly. But we will thoroughly examine her record to ensure she understands that the role of a jurist in our democracy is to apply the law even-handedly, despite their own feelings or personal or political preferences.
“Our Democratic colleagues have often remarked that the Senate is not a ‘rubber stamp.’ Accordingly, we trust they will ensure there is adequate time to prepare for this nomination, and a full and fair opportunity to question the nominee and debate her qualifications.”
Click here for an earlier statement from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The BLT will be posting more reaction on the selection of Sotomayor as it comes in.