Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday announced his opposition to Supreme Court hopeful Sonia Sotomayor, calling her judicial philosophy anti-democratic.
In a floor speech, McCain said that while Sotomayor had the qualifications to become a Supreme Court justice and a compelling life story, her record and public speeches indicated she is a liberal judicial activist. McCain, speaking on CNN on Sunday, said he was undecided on the nomination.
Noting his belief in a strict constructionist view of the Constitution, McCain argued that while I believe she has many of these qualities ... I do not believe she shares my belief in judicial restraint.
McCain, the GOPs 2008 presidential nominee, went on to argue that Sotomayor adheres to an anti-democratic attitude when it comes to the role of the judiciary. He added that she lacks common sense limitations and ultimately lacks a key qualification for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.