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Obama has said he would like for Sotomayor to be confirmed by the Senate in time for her to take a seat on the bench when the Supreme Court reconvenes in the fall. But Republican senators have stressed that they will not "rubber stamp" the nominee and that they will push for adequate time to debate her qualifications on the Senate floor.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., said Republicans would treat Sotomayor fairly: "But we will thoroughly examine her record to ensure she understands that the role of a jurist in our democracy is to apply the law even-handedly, despite their own feelings or personal or political preferences."

But with a large Democratic majority in the Senate, many expect Sotomayor to be eventually confirmed.

With the left-leaning Souter retiring, Mathew D. Staver, president of Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University School of Law, said Sotomayor's confirmation likely would not change the ideological makeup of the court.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee is WORLD's Washington Bureau chief. As a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, he was embedded with a National Guard unit in Iraq. He also once worked in the press office of Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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