Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinWhen it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, what's a moderate Democrat to do? Battle lines drawn on Biden's infrastructure plan GOP senator hammers Biden proposal to raise corporate tax rate MORE (D-Md.), a member of the Judiciary Committee that will consider Supreme Court nominee Sonia SotomayorSonia SotomayorWill Jan. 6 come for our courts next? Supreme Court says California must allow in-home prayer meetings Progressive group ramps up pressure on Justice Breyer to retire MORE, said Thursday that he sensed passion for charitable legal work in the nominee after meeting her.

Cardin said Sotomayor gave very strong views on the need for pro bono legal work for the poor, for example, as well as programs that encourage law students to offer clinical services to lower-income
citizens.

"Her answers were passionate, which was good to see," Cardin said. "I saw real evidence of leadership."
Cardin said he is withholding judgment on Sotomayor, out of respect for the confirmation process. "But everything I've seen today was impressive," he said.

--J. Taylor Rushing