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Reid Heaps Praise On Sotomayor

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President Obama's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, kicked off a marathon day of meetings with senators this morning with a visit to the Senate's top member, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

A pack of journalists camped outside Reid's office hoping for a glimpse of the Supreme Court nominee, but Sotomayor entered his office up a back elevator where video cameras are not allowed.

A quick photo-op was permitted at the very top of the meeting. Judge Sotomayor did not say a word. That's normal for a Supreme Court nominee. You typically don't hear them speak publicly until the actual Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Senators usually do the talking.

Reid praised Sotomayor's record and said, "You have been an underdog many times in your life, but always ended up being the top dog." Then Reid and Sotomayor promptly left the room to meet privately.

Less than 40 minutes later, the two walked by the crowded Ohio Clock corridor just off the Senate floor. Cameras flashed and reporters shouted after them to find out how the meeting went.

Any answer from Sotomayor? Unfortunately, just a big smile. But she does have to save her voice. One meeting down, nine to go. And that's just on her first day wooing the members who hold her future in their hands. Sotomayor has now officially started what may be one of the most grueling job interview processes imaginable.


Jill Jackson is a CBS News Capitol Hill Producer.

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