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BLITZER: Regarding a different kind of reality, America is now one step closer to seeing historic change. Sonia Sotomayor is on track to becoming the first Hispanic ever on the United States Supreme Court. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended she be seated. The vote, 13 yes, six no. All the Democrats on the committee voted for Sotomayor. All the Republicans voted against her, except one. That would be the South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who explained his vote this way.

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SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R), SOUTH CAROLINA: I would not have chosen her but I understand why President Obama did.

I gladly give her my vote, because I think she meets the qualification test that was used in Scalia and Ginsburg. And if she, by being on the court, will inspire young women, particularly Latino women, to seek a career in the law, that would be a good thing. And I believe she will. I wish her well. America has changed for the better with her selection.

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