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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.