Senate's No. 3 Republican Says He'll Vote For Sotomayor

Though he doesn't agree with her "political and judicial philosophy," the third-ranking Republican in the Senate announced this morning that he will vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

He'll do so, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said in a statement released by his office and which he read on the floor of the Senate, because "she is well qualified by experience, temperament, character and intellect to serve as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court."

This brings the number of Republicans who have said they will support Democratic President Barack Obama's nominee to six. The others: Lindsey Graham of South Carolina; Richard Lugar of Indiana; Mel Martinez of Florida; and Maine's Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.

There are 58 Democrats in the Senate, two independents who caucus with the Democrats, and 40 Republicans.

A vote by the full Senate on Sotomayor's confirmation is expected next week. Alexander is chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.



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