Sen. Bond is 7th Republican to back Sotomayor

Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) announced his support for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday, becoming the seventh Senate Republican to back the first Hispanic nominee to the high court.

Bond told colleagues in a floor speech that he would respect the president’s prerogative to select Supreme Court justices.

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“Our people’s democracy has spoken for the change and they’re getting it,” Bond said. “Elections do have consequences.

"I do agree that Judge Sotomayor has proven herself a well-qualified jurist; I do agree that she has proven herself as a talented and accomplished student, federal prosecutor, corporate litigator, federal trial judge and federal appeals court judge; she has backing of many in the law enforcement community,” said Bond, who graduated from Sotomayor’s alma mater, Princeton University.

“I do agree that Judge Sotomayor has proven herself as a symbol of breaking through glass ceilings.”

Republican Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHouse GOP sets three FBI interviews in Clinton probe Trump on collision course with Congress on ZTE The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP centrists in striking distance of immigration vote MORE (S.C.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — VA reform bill heads to Trump's desk Senate panel to consider ban on prescription drug 'gag clauses' Pressure rising on GOP after Trump–DOJ fight’s latest turn MORE (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Mel Martinez (Fla.), Richard Lugar (Ind.) and Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Abortion rights group plans M campaign to flip the House Senate health committee to hold hearing on Trump drug pricing plan Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — VA reform bill heads to Trump's desk MORE (Tenn.) have pledged to vote for Sotomayor.

Republican lawmakers from states with large Hispanic populations, however, have voiced their opposition to Sotomayor, including Sens. John CornynJohn CornynHillicon Valley: Experts worry North Korea will retaliate with hacks over summit | FBI works to disrupt Russian botnet | Trump officials look to quell anger over ZTE | Obama makes case for tighter regs on tech Senate GOP sounds alarm over Trump's floated auto tariffs Administration works to assuage critics over ZTE deal MORE and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, which is 32 percent Hispanic.