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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.