July 15, 2009
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is following the tradition of predecessors who came before the Senate Judiciary Committee and declined to specify how they might rule on hot-button issues.
At Senate confirmation hearings today, Sotomayor opted not to disclose her views on abortion rights, the Second Amendment and regulation of financial markets.
Asked about the Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion, Sotomayor says it's a settled precedent.
In addition to tradition, her responses appears to reflect a calculation by Sotomayor and administration officials that she is on her way toward confirmation and has nothing to gain by giving specifics.
The Judiciary Committee hearings are expected to conclude tomorrow and a full Senate vote could come in August.