WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - The Senate's Republican leader says Republicans are planning to treat Judge Sonia Sotomayor fairly.
But, in a statement, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky also says the Supreme Court nominee's record will be examined "thoroughly." He says the goal is to make sure she understands that "a jurist's role is to apply the law even-handedly, despite their own feelings or personal or political preferences."
President Barack Obama had said he wants a Supreme Court justice to combine intellect with empathy.
The nomination is being hailed by Democrats, including the attorney general from Sotomayor's home state. New York's Andrew Cuomo says the nominee will bring the court "a distinguished and thoughtful voice." Cuomo also calls her "a trailblazer," whose accomplishments will inspire women and minorities, among others.
But one conservative group -- the Judicial Confirmation Network -- didn't wait for the formal announcement before calling Sotomayor a "liberal judicial activist of the first order who thinks her own personal political agenda is more important that the law as written."