Nelson undecided on Sotomayor

2009-07-29T14:20:00Z Nelson undecided on SotomayorBy DON WALTON / Lincoln Journal Star
July 29, 2009 2:20 pm  • 

Sen. Ben Nelson said Wednesday he has not decided whether he will vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nelson said he'll delay his decision until next week's scheduled Senate vote.

"I accept her judicial philosophy of fidelity to the law," Nelson said during a telephone conference call from Washington.

Nelson said he also believes Sotomayor is committed to supporting settled judicial precedent.

But, he said, he needs to "convince myself she won't be an activist" on the court.

"I need an opportunity to review a few things," the Democratic senator said.

Republican Sen. Mike Johanns already has announced he'll vote against Sotomayor's confirmation.

Sotomayor was approved earlier this week by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 13-6 vote.

All 12 Democratic members of the committee voted to recommend her confirmation by the Senate.

Sotomayor is President Barack Obama's first nominee to the Supreme Court.

On another topic, Nelson said he wants to "wait and see what the president proposes" before determining his position on a number of legislative health care reform proposals.

In seeking agreement on a comprehensive plan, he said, it's important to "stop establishing deadlines and time frames."

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