No Republicans spoke on her nomination in the short Senate debate, though 28 of them did vote against Sotomayor.
Of the GOP Senators who voted for her appeals court nomination, eight are still in the Senate today:
* Arlen Specter (now a Democrat)
* Robert Bennett (R-Utah)
* Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi)
* Susan Collins (R-Maine)
* Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire)
* Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
* Richard Lugar (R-Indiana)
* Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)
And as I looked through the roll call from that day, one name really stood out when it came to Senators voting for the Sotomayor nomination - the late Sen. Jesse Helms.
Other notable conservatives voting for Sotomayor back then included Sen. Don Nickles, the Republican Whip, Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and future Senate GOP Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.
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