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White House comments on Sotomayor hearing

July 14, 2009 |  3:36 pm

President Obama has not watched any of the confirmation hearings of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, his press secretary said today.

No word on whether the president has been reading live blogs of the event.

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs spoke to reporters aboard Air Force One this afternoon. The president was en route to Mt. Clemons, Mich., to deliver a talk about community colleges.

Gibbs told reporters that Obama has not talked to Sotomayor since Sunday. When a reporter asked whether Sotomayor is “getting a fair shake from the Republicans,” Gibbs said yes.

“I think so,” he said. “I mean, look, everyone understands that this is the drill. I think that if Republicans listen to the answers that she gives and look at her 17-year record, they'll figure out that this is a nominee that has a distinguished record, lots of experience, and somebody that's going to follow the law. I think she's doing really well.”

The Judiciary Committee has wrapped up for the day. More senators will question Sotomayor on Wednesday.

– Kate Linthicum

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