May 28th, 2009
07:12 PM ET
5 years ago

Romney: Sotomayor's statements 'troubling', withholds judgment

Mitt Romney says he finds some of Sonia Sotomayor's past statements 'troubling,' but that he will give her a chance to explain her views.
Mitt Romney says he finds some of Sonia Sotomayor's past statements 'troubling,' but that he will give her a chance to explain her views.

(CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Thursday he's keeping an open mind when it comes to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, but added he finds some of her past statements "troubling."

"There are some things she said that are troubling for those of us who believe that the job of a justice is to follow the law and the constitution, not to create law," said Romney during a forum with business leaders in Washington, DC. "But let's give her the chance to explain her views, to describe her record, and to be party to a full and complete and fair process. And let's do it in a very civil and respectful manner."

Romney's comments are in line with the majority of Republicans on Capitol Hill, who have expressed reservations about President Obama's pick for the high court but have said they will withhold final judgment until her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"I think our process in giving the justice – or the nominated justice – an opportunity to state her case, to describe her judicial philosophy, to take us through the decisions she's made in the past, and to have a complete and thorough review, should be a process which is carried out in depth," said Romney, who sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2008. "It should be a civil response to her position."


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soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Peter (CA)

    Civil and respectful...that would be a switch.

    May 28, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. CBH

    Why are Mitt Romney comments newsworthy. He is loser who did not even get a look his a presidental contender.

    May 28, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    AMEN, Mitt.

    If the voters in this country were a little smarter (republican primary voters in particular) this man would be our president right now and our country would not be on its way to economic and social disaster.

    May 28, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. Angie

    of course you find them troubling. you are in the same group with the other bitter gop. She was speaking the truth, something you repugs know thing about. She has been called horrible names. tens times worse than the things that you people have taken out of contexts. you are just a bunch of old white suits. you can't stand the fact that others are smarter and more worthy to hold office or to be picked for the supreme court. you are the party of NO, you DON'T like change, you think you are better than everybody else, you have NO solutions or suggestions to make the country better. how sad you people are. sad,sad,sad. LOSERS!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. Terry

    Conservatives want this administration to fail so they can regain power. Conservatism has no beliefs, no ideology, no vision. Conservatism is only a marketing strategy. It describes how to bring down an administration that might otherwise be successful, so they can increase their own power and wealth.

    Therefore, they will oppose anything and everything, block, delay, prevent, stall, exaggerate, and defame while pretending to adhere to imaginary principles. Those principles, by the way, mean nothing to them when they ARE in power. During the Reagan, Bush, and Bush years, did we get smaller government, a preference for local control, a flag burning amendment, a gay marriage amendment, lower taxes on the middle class, or anything else they promised? I rest my case.

    May 28, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Scott Stodden

    This is why I said last week that Mitt Romney is the Republicans saving grace. He knows how to lead, he knows how to balance budgets, he knows how to deal with people. This is the man that should a Republican win the presidency in 2012 Mitt Romney should definitly win. Im a Democrat and I would vote for Mitt Romney, he would be one of the best Republican president's ever.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, IL)

    May 28, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. nicasia

    HERMAN MONSTER, PLEASE GO AWAY. YOUR OPINION IS LIKE A BURP.

    May 28, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. martin macvikar

    Romney's intelligence is also questionable. Anyone dumb enough to tie a dog to the top of his car for a 600 trip, and compares the service of our military people to his big never-served-in-the military sons is dumber than a stump and we hope will never try to gain this country's highest office.

    May 28, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. Nate

    No real news here.

    But I'm sure a lot of Mitt bashers will take it out on him.

    Judges do not answer to the people and should therefore not be involved in making law via judicial activism. The tail is starting to wag the dog...

    May 28, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. annie for Palin

    Man who sits on fence gets splinters in his rear end.

    May 28, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  11. Ken Arthur

    Come on Mitt wake up! Even I read the whole comment and know she was referring to the life experience of a minority woman having more insight in judging a case that dealt with minority rights issues. That makes sense to me. I can't even stick my head out the door and say I'm a republican anymore because of the inane comments of Limbaugh, Rove and now you. Why does the GOP insist on peddling lies and half truths? I am so ashamed of having voted for this party.

    May 28, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Simmy

    Your hair is troubling......Is it Brylcream - "A little dab'll do it?" Or is it Murray's stay down like glue hair paste?

    May 28, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. S Callahan

    Nice going..I agree with the second paragraph. I just hope questions are asked not to intagonzie but to get to real truths. Let the vetting begin.

    May 28, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Scott

    I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Romney. This confirmation process needs to focus on her record, her credentials and other qualifiers and it needs to happpen thoroughly and without a lot of partisan bickering. Finally, a Republican who makes sense.

    I also agree with Mr. Romney's stance on some of the comments made by Ms. Sotomayor in the past. Even not taking the now-famed statement out of context, the fact that she felt her heritage or her gender even needed to be mentioned is truly disappointing and cause for alarm which has given me pause. The fact that Ms. Sotomayor is a woman or of spanish decent should make absolutely no difference whatsoever and should have no bearing on her decision making. I don't agree with the ill representations of the Republican party that are Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich in their claims that she is racist or that her statements are even racially charged. I think that they were made because she must, in some light, see herself as the champion of spanish women.

    I believe President Obama expressed his intent when setting the criteria for the next Supreme Court pick and that criteria included diversity. Last I checked, diversity is now an inclusive term which is directed at the celebration of differenced, not the underscoring of them.

    May 28, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. S Callahan

    Nice going..I agree with the second paragraph. I just hope questions are asked not to antagonzie but to get to real truths. Let the vetting begin.

    May 28, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Cynthia - Arkansas

    WHO CARES? Why do we have to get a daily update on what Newt, Cheney, Rush, Mitt and all the rest of the creeps think about every move President Obama makes? Most of us could care less!

    May 28, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    the pot calling the kettle black........... what you think no longer matters, you lost, obama won. he chooses you loses...........and nobody listens to a loser.........loser

    May 28, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Mormons hate people of color...mark of Cane you know.....

    May 28, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Texas Teacher

    This republican attitude that all we can do is say NO... no matter what... is getting just a bit TIRED! Not just Limbaugh and Beck ranting and raving, but the whole dam.... well, darn party is losing its f'in' mind!

    May 28, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. Wendy G.

    I say again ... WHO cares what Mitt Romney has to say about anything???

    May 28, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. Tony in Maine

    Hmmmm. Does Mitt hold Scalia, Roberts, Thomas and Alito to that same standard – or is conservative activism okay?

    May 28, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. Mario, mtl, ca.

    I agree

    May 28, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  23. Edith Ann

    The problem I have with Sotomayer is the judgement about the firefighters.
    If the test is the same for everyone, if it is pertinent to their job, then, those who pass pass and those that don't don't, all white or not.
    If the ones who passed were all black they would not have thrown out the results. What right did they have to do that?
    Whites are in the minority in Denver can whites get special treatment NOW?????

    May 28, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. David

    The GOP continue to make the same mistakes they made in the election, they find one small verbal misstep and manipulate it to mean something completely different then was intended and then blow it out of proportion. The public see's through this now as it is what they based their entire election strategy on in the past three elections, part of Obama's success was to make the public skepticle on any such claim the GOP made.

    May 28, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  25. Frank form Gilroy

    Romney's statements are always troubling. So him saying that is an endorsment in the highest degree. Romney is a non factor. If you can't beat McCain and Huckabilly in a primary then you are a non factor.

    May 28, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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