Another Dem Senator Waffles On Sotomayor

31. července 2009 v 18:44
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), already under scrutiny by progressive Democrats, has created new cause for apprehension by saying he's not sure he will vote for the president's Supreme Court nominee.
Asked by The Hill whether he would support Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Baucus twice said he was still undecided.

"I have no idea," Baucus said. "I haven't paid any attention and I haven't announced ... I've been so busy with healthcare. It's under consideration. I'll certainly know when I vote, but right now I can't tell you."

He isn't the only wavering Democrat. Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) have been equally coy. Think Progress points out that both made their wobbly statements after the National Rifle Association decided to include the Sotomayor vote in their scorecards on lawmakers' gun rights' records.

Baucus and Begich both got an A rating from the NRA in 2008. Nelson got an A+.

The NRA has suggested Sotomayor has a radical record on gun rights; in fact, her rulings have always followed Supreme Court precedent and her decision on a Second Amendment case was unanimously upheld by three Republican appointees.


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