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 GrahamVulnerable GOP senators praise Kaine Meghan McCain: ‘I no longer recognize my party’ Ex-UN ambassador John Bolton: Trump should take back NATO remarks MORE (S.C.), Susan CollinsSusan CollinsThe Trail 2016: Words matter Lobbyists bolting Trump convention early GOP sen at convention: I'm not ruling out voting for Clinton MORE (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Mel Martinez (Fla.), Richard Lugar (Ind.) and Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderGOP senators to donors: Stick with us regardless of Trump Overnight Healthcare: Mysterious new Zika case | Mental health bill in doubt | Teletraining to fight opioids Hopes dim for mental health deal 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 CornynGOP senators to donors: Stick with us regardless of Trump Hopes dim for mental health deal Overnight Finance: Senate punts on Zika funding | House panel clears final spending bill | Biz groups press Treasury on tax rules | Obama trade rep confident Pacific deal passes this year MORE and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, which is 32 percent Hispanic.