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Roberts: 'No' vote but no bigot

APTOPIX Obama Supreme CourtSen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., isn’t reserving judgment on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. He’s a “no” vote now, just as he was in 1998 when she was confirmed to the federal appeals court. “I did not feel that she was appropriate on the appeals court,” Roberts told KCMO Radio in Kansas City. “Since that time she has made statements on the role of the appeals court that I think is improper and incorrect.”

He discounted Sotomayor’s ethnicity, gender and background as factors that should influence such a vote. Asked whether he risked being tagged as a “bigot” for opposing Sotomayor, who would be the first Hispanic justice and only the third woman to serve on the court, Roberts said: “I’m a Marine and nothin’ much scares me. That’s not going to be a consideration in my vote.”