From the C-SPAN video library: in what might be a preview of the confirmation process to come, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), now chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, speaks on the Senate floor in 1998 to support Sonia Sotomayor's nomination as a U.S. Appeals Court judge.

In the video, Leahy suggests Republicans had opposed Sotomayor for fear that President Clinton would appoint her to the U.S. Supreme Court if a vacancy arose.

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