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Baucus to vote for Sotomayor

From NBC's Mark Murray
Earlier today, we clipped a piece from The Hill that quoted Senate Finance Committee Max Baucus (D) -- whose work on health care so far has frustrated some liberal Democrats -- saying he had "no idea" whether he'll vote for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

"I haven't paid any attention and I haven't announced," he told the Capitol Hill publication. "I've been so busy with health care. It's under consideration. I'll certainly know when I vote, but right now I can't tell you."

Well, he's now telling us -- he's voting for her.

"I have long said that to be a Supreme Court Justice a person must meet three main criteria: personal integrity, professional competence, and a view of important issues that is within the mainstream of contemporary judicial thought," Baucus said in a statement. "After personally meeting Judge Sotomayor, thoroughly analyzing her judicial record, and reviewing her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Sotomayor unquestionably meets each of these criteria. Thus, I am proud to support her nomination and will vote to confirm her as a Justice to the United States Supreme Court."