Senator Bond says he is taking a wait and see attitude in assessing President Obama’s nominee to the US Supreme Court.
Obama has nominated Federal Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace the retiring David Souter on the court. Obama is a Democrat and Bond a Republican. Bond is cautious in his comments about Sotomayor.
"Just got the information on it," Bond told reporters today, only briefly touching on the subject. "I know she’s been appointed by President Bush, President Clinton. We’re looking forward to learning about her record."
Bond says the key test for him is Sotomayor’s statement that judges should interpret the constitution, not make law. He says if that is what her record as a federal judge school "that’s what we need".
Sotomayor has been a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York since 1998.