WASHINGTON — A leading Democratic senator says that President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee is "virtually filibuster-proof" when his colleagues look at her record.
Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said Sunday that Sonia Sotomayor's nomination is heading toward confirmation. He says she has a compelling history and a moderate record.
Schumer downplayed Sotomayor's comments about her ethnic background and the bench. He says Sotomayor's comments about her personal experiences reflect a respect for the law while acknowledging her own background as the daughter of Puerto Rican parents.
Some conservative critics of Sotomayor are calling her a racist.
Schumer spoke to ABC's "This Week."