White House criticizes McCain's Sotomayor vote

A White House spokesman said Tuesday that Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE's (R-Ariz.) decision to vote against Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is "disappointing."

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White House press secretary Robert Gibbs criticized McCain, President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight Iran's president warns US will pay 'high cost' if Trump ditches nuclear deal MORE's opponent last year, saying that Sotomayor is qualified to sit on the bench.

"It's disappointing that Sen. McCain came to a different conclusion a day after talking about bipartisanship," Gibbs told reporters in his West Wing office.

While a senator, Obama voted against former President George W. Bush's nominations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito. The future president also voted in favor of filibustering Alito.

McCain said on the Senate floor Monday that Sotomayor is "an immensely qualified candidate," but she does not share his belief in judicial restraint.

"There is no doubt that Judge Sotomayor has the professional background and qualifications that one hopes for in a Supreme Court nominee," McCain said, before adding: "However, an excellent resume and an inspiring life story are not enough to qualify one for a lifetime of service on the Supreme Court."

Arizona has a large Hispanic population, but conservatives have doubts about Obama's nominee.

Sotomayor was voted out of the Judiciary Committee last week with McCain ally Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (S.C.) the lone Republican voting with Democrats. Sotomayor is widely expected to be confirmed by the Senate this week.

— This story was updated at 10:19 a.m.