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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 Olin GrahamCongress punts fight over Dreamers to March Pence tours Rio Grande between US and Mexico GOP looks for Plan B after failure of immigration measures MORE (R-S.C.), a close ally of 2008 GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Democrats put Dreamers and their party in danger by playing hardball Trump set a good defense budget, but here is how to make it better 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.

At least four other Senate Republicans have said they intend to vote for Sotomayor: Sens. Richard Lugar (Ind.), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Mel Martinez (Fla.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand FCC to officially rescind net neutrality rules on Thursday MORE (Maine).
 
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