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Richard Viguerie: Conservatives Welcome Sotomayor Nomination as First Major Ideological Battle Since the Early Clinton Years

Contact: Bob Sturm, 703-396-6974; after 6 PM Eastern & on weekends, Bob Sturm or Cynthia Chambliss, 703-307-8176, 703-930-5148; ConservativeHQ.com

MANASSAS, Virginia, May 26 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is a statement by Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, regarding President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court:

"Conservatives will move quickly to define Judge Sotomayor for what she is: A radical liberal who will not feel obligated to keep her commitment to her oath of office to faithfully obey the U.S. Constitution. Based on her record, she will try to make law.

"For 40 years, conservatives have not lost a major ideological debate with liberals. If we lose in the short run, we win in the long run. If conservatives lose the congressional vote, we invariably win in the following election.

"While conservatives will put forth a massive effort to defeat Sotomayor's nomination, win or lose, we will reap major benefits in the 2010 and 2012 elections.

"Judge Sotomayor has a long and extensive judicial record, and conservatives will insist that the U.S. Senate not rush to judgment. America deserves a full and complete discussion of her record and the proper role of a justice on the Supreme Court.

"This national discussion and debate needs to go at least through the summer and into September."

NOTE TO EDITORS: Richard A. Viguerie pioneered political direct mail and has been called "one of the creators of the modern conservative movement" (The Nation magazine) and one of the "conservatives of the century" (The Washington Times).