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Risch, Crapo both to oppose Sotomayor confirmation

Both of Idaho’s U.S. senators, Republicans Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, said today they’ll vote against confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Differences on 2nd Amendment/gun rights issues were among the top concerns the two cited; both met with Sotomayor personally. “There is no question she is a genuinely nice, smart and well-intentioned person,” Risch said. “However, her belief and pronouncement that the Second Amendment is not a fundamental right is something I cannot accept.”

Crapo said, “Judge Sotomayor has distinguished herself throughout her career, serving as a strong role model for many as she has excelled in her chosen field.  She has demonstrated one of the greatest things about America—the opportunity to become whatever you want with your God-given abilities.  I enjoyed my meeting with her and found her to be a personable individual. However, after having studied her positions and taken careful consideration through the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings earlier this month, I have concluded that I cannot vote to confirm her to a lifetime appointment on the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Click below to read the full statements from Risch and Crapo, both of whom are lawyers.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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