'Top Line' -- GOP Senator Leans Toward Supporting Sotomayor

ABC News’ David Chalian Reports: As the Sotomayor nomination comes up for debate on the Senate floor, another Republican Senator has hinted that he is likely to cast his vote in favor of President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court.

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), stopped short of formally announcing his support for Sotomayor on ABC News’ “Top Line,” but provided plenty of clues to his position.

“I’ve met with her and I’ve also listened to her testimony, read her. . . read many of her decisions and she seems to be a very qualified individual, even though I don’t agree with some of her politics,” Gregg said.

Gregg was also asked if he had seen or heard anything that would change his mind on Judge Sotomayor from when he voted in favor of her nomination to the Court of Appeals.

“Uh, not so far,” he replied.

Judge Sotomayor is not expected to garner many Republican votes when the final tally is produced. It appears Sen. Gregg will join the slowly growing handful of Republican senators who are crossing the aisle with their votes in favor of President Obama’s nominee. Other Republicans who have expressed their support include Lamar Alexander, Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Richard Lugar, and Mel Martinez.

Sen. John McCain announced his intentions to vote against Sotomayor’s nomination in a speech on the Senate floor yesterday.

“I cannot support activist judges that seek to legislate from the bench. I have not supported such nominees in the past and I cannot support such nominees to the highest court in the land,” said McCain.

Sen. Gregg also praised the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, Democrat Max Baucus and Republican Chuck Grassley, for continuing their bipartisan efforts to find a workable solution to health care reform legislation.

“The implications are, or at least he rumors are that they’re moving down the road of something more responsible than a government plan. So, maybe they’re on a good track? I don’t know, I hope they are because we do need something that works around here,” said Gregg.

Watch our interview with Sen. Gregg on “Top Line” HERE.

And, as we do every Tuesday, we checked in with Republican strategist Kevin Madden on the White House pushback against Matt Drudge, the organized opposition to Democratic health care reform legislation cropping up at town hall meetings across the country, and Bill Clinton’s diplomatic mission to North Korea.

Be sure to check out our interview with Kevin Madden HERE.

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