Graham, Kyl split over Sotomayor confirmation

Two leading Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee split Wednesday over whether to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamOvernight Cybersecurity: Bad Russian intel may have swayed Comey's handling of Clinton probe | Apple sees spike in data requests | More subpoenas for Flynn | DOJ's plan for data warrants Overnight Finance: GOP bill would leave 23M more uninsured, says CBO | Trump aides defend budget | Mnuchin asks for clean debt hike before August | Ryan says House could pass bill without border tax GOP senators distance themselves from House ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-S.C.), a close ally of 2008 GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCainJohn McCainOvernight Cybersecurity: Bad Russian intel may have swayed Comey's handling of Clinton probe | Apple sees spike in data requests | More subpoenas for Flynn | DOJ's plan for data warrants McCain: Dems killed Lieberman’s FBI shot When education is an ignored national security matter MORE (R-Ariz.), announced on the Senate floor Wednesday that he would vote for Sotomayor because: "I believe she is well-qualified."
 

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Graham went on to call Sotomayor, who has a 17-year career on the federal bench, the "most qualified nominee to the Supreme Court in decades."
 
Graham also said he believes the Senate owes deference to the president when it comes to the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee.
 
"I do believe that elections have consequences," he said.
 
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), however, announced his opposition to Sotomayor because of lingering concerns about whether she will set aside personal biases and prejudices on the high court.
 
"I've not been persuaded that Judge Sotomayor is absolutely committed to setting aside her biases and impartially deciding cases based upon the rule of law, and I cannot ignore her unwillingness to answer senators' questions straightforwardly," Kyl said on the Senate floor.

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