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RELEASE: DeMint Statement on Meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor

June 9, 2009

For Immediate Release: June 9, 2009

Office of U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina)

Contact: Wesley Denton (202) 228-5079

DeMint Statement on Meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, made the following statement after meeting with Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee to serve as Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

“We had a good meeting that covered a wide array of issues and Judge Sotomayor was very personable and engaging. However, I didn’t hear anything today that eased my concerns.

“She was unwilling to say the Second Amendment protects a fundamental right that applies to all Americans, which raises serious questions about her view of the Bill of Rights.

“When I asked if an unborn child has any rights whatsoever, I was surprised that she said she had never thought about it. This is not just a question about abortion, but about the respect due to human life at all stages, and I hope this is cleared up in her hearings.

“Those who serve on the highest court in America must have an unwavering commitment to the Constitution and equal justice for all Americans. I will continue to review Judge Sotomayor’s decisions and public statements and will watch her hearings closely.”

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