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 GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (S.C.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids Study: ObamaCare bills backed by Collins would lower premiums Right scrambles GOP budget strategy MORE (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Mel Martinez (Fla.), Richard Lugar (Ind.) and Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Finance: Trump says shutdown 'could happen' | Ryan, conservatives inch closer to spending deal | Senate approves motion to go to tax conference | Ryan promises 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Senate approves motion to go to tax conference House conservatives, Ryan inch closer toward spending 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 CornynMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Air Force makes criminal reporting changes after Texas massacre We need a better pathway for allowing civilians to move guns across state lines MORE and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, which is 32 percent Hispanic.