Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinSenate gets to work in August — but many don’t show up Businesses fear blowback from Russia sanctions bill Dems ask Mnuchin to probe Russian investment in state election tech MORE (D-Md.), a member of the Judiciary Committee that will consider Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, said Thursday that he sensed passion for charitable legal work in the nominee after meeting her.

Cardin said Sotomayor gave very strong views on the need for pro bono legal work for the poor, for example, as well as programs that encourage law students to offer clinical services to lower-income
citizens.

"Her answers were passionate, which was good to see," Cardin said. "I saw real evidence of leadership."
Cardin said he is withholding judgment on Sotomayor, out of respect for the confirmation process. "But everything I've seen today was impressive," he said.

--J. Taylor Rushing