Federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor delivers her opening statement to the U.S. Senate Judicary Committee later today. Members are considering Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
California’s junior senator Barbara Boxer has met with the judge. She describes Sotomayor as fearless and ready to face whatever the committee sends her way.
Barbara Boxer: "Bring that on to Judge Sotomayor. She expects it. She’s looking forward to it. She’s ready for those tough questions. This woman – you know, she knows how to ask tough questions and she knows how to answer them."
Boxer says that as someone who grew up in Brooklyn, she recognizes a similar toughness in the judge who grew up in the neighboring New York borough of the Bronx.