WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama is "very comfortable" that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor shares his philosophy about the Constitution, including rights not specifically spelled out in the document.

Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama did not specifically ask Sotomayor about the right to privacy.

The debate over that right has come up in the context of several matters involving the court, including abortion rights.

As a candidate for president, Obama promised that he would not appoint anyone who doesn't believe in the right to privacy.

Pressed on the matter, Gibbs would only answer broadly, saying Obama was very comfortable with her interpretation of the Constitution being similar to his.

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