WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama chose federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, praising her as "an inspiring woman" with both the intellect and compassion to interpret the Constitution wisely.
Obama said Sotomayor has more experience as a judge than any current member of the high court had when nominated, adding she has earned the "respect of colleagues on the bench, the admiration of many lawyers who argue cases in her court and the adoration of her clerks, who look to her as a mentor."
Republican lawmakers have thus far reacted with caution.
Bio: Sonia Sotomayor
Watch the Nomination In Full
Full Text of Obama's Speech And Sotomayor's Comments at The Hot Sheet
Commentary from CBS Political Analyst Andrew Cohen