White House: Sotomayor doing well as ‘the drill’ of confirmation questioning picks up

Gibbs: Sotomayor doing well as ‘the drill’ unfolds

WARREN, Mich. — The White House’s chief spokesman says Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is doing well under questioning by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee and that “everyone understands that this is the drill.”

“I think that if Republicans listen to the answers that she gives, looks at her record, they’ll figure this is a nominee that has a distinguished record, lots of experience, somebody that’s going to follow the law,” said President Barack Obama’s spokesman, Robert Gibbs. “I think she’s doing really well.”

Gibbs spoke to reporters on Tuesday aboard Air Force One en route to Michigan with Obama.

Gibbs said he did not believe Obama has watched any of the confirmation hearings, which began Monday.

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