Which GOP Candidate says They Would Have Supported Sonia Sotomayor’s Appointment to the Supreme Court?

Only one of the candidates voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment to the Supreme Court, his name is Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and he’s been running in last place (out of ALL 17 GOP candidates) since the days he announced his candidacy. However, one of the more prominent candidates (who actually has a chance at winning the nomination) once offered their own support for Sotomayor, and this could deal a major blow to their campaign.

Carly Fiorina has become a darling of the right as she has continued to forcefully confront liberals and their allies in the media on almost every front imaginable. She has carved out an image of herself as a bulldog of a candidate who is not only incredibly intelligent but also thoughtful and passionate. However, over the weekend, the folks at the Right Scoop dug up some old dirt on the candidate that may hurt her in this race.

Back in 2009 Fiorina was campaigning to unseat Barbara Boxer (D-CA) as Senator from the state of California when she told voters at a campaign event that she would have voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court!

In what would turn out to be the biggest news emerging from the breakfast, Fiorina said that, while she did not study Sonia Sotomayor in great deal (“I was battling cancer at the time”), she probably would have “voted for her” confirmation to the Supreme Court.  The daughter of the late Deputy U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Joseph Sneed said she “does not believe in litmus tests” for judicial nominees and that the chief criterion for service on the bench is “respecting the Constitution.”

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This is not much different from the strict constructionism doctrine that DeVore cites as the proper test for confirming court candidates.  But there is a difference between the candidates in that DeVore not only said he had studied Sotomayor’s record as a jurist and concluded he would have opposed her nomination, but actively used his Senate campaign to generate grass-roots opposition to the Obama nominee.

Look, this was a big mistake, and Fiorina should be called out for it. However, if she comes out and says that she was wrong at the time (and explains why she was wrong), then I think we should move on. In the six years since, Fiorina has solidified her standing as a conservative (both socially and fiscally), while also proving that she is more than capable of going toe-to-toe with anyone on the issues. The truth is that in this current GOP campaign for the White House, there are no “perfect” candidates, but some are closer to it than others… Carly is one of the better, more conservative options available even with this Supreme Court faux pas.

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