Grassley: Wait a minute--I voted against Sotomayor?

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyDozens of senators push EPA for higher ethanol mandate Civil liberties group mobilizes against surveillance amendment Brother may I? Congress must reform senseless drug regulation MORE (R-Iowa) says he needs to go back to the record to determine why he voted against Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the appellate court in 1998.

Not until a reporter recently reminded him did Grassley realize he had voted against Sotomayor's nomination, the Iowa Republican told C-SPAN today.

"Evidently I was one of the 27 people that voted against her when she went on the Circuit," he said.

Grassley, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, said he'll go back and re-examine his stated reasons for opposing Sotomayor, but it shouldn't be taken as a sign that he'll necessarily vote against her this time around.

"And I don't want anybody to believe that I'm going to have that be a reason for me having my mind made up now," he added. "Because quite frankly, I'm going to have to go back and hopefully I gave a speech at the time, or there's something in the record of my rationale for the no vote at the time."


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