May 28th, 2009
07:12 PM ET
6 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. Suzy

    Would Ms. Sotomayor even be in the top ten nominees if she were not female and not Hispanic? I doubt it. Additionally, it is NOT a judge's role to empathize with any parties to a lawsuit. It is his/her job to make the best ruling based on the law–not based on her family background, gender, or life experience. Did this woman skip school the day they taught law at Yale? No way Sotomayor is qualified for the highest court.

    May 28, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Hawaii gal

    Romney as a member of the GOP of course has to say something bad about Obama's pick for Supreme Court, all republicans are sore losers these days. He is one of the good ole boys, and a ultra rich white man, the core of the GOP. But at least he did say that he would wiat until the confirmation hearing before making his final decision. Maybe the Senator from Kansas should take note from Romney.

    I am so tired of hearing that Sotomayor is a racist, her statement made in 2001 was taken out of context and spun by FOX News, which has now spread to CNN. Shame on you CNN for not doing better reporting on this.

    May 28, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. Scott

    ....Because Mit makes a padload more sense than Rush, Dick or Newt.

    May 28, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. eholl

    Very tired of shrill negative Republicans. It seems that they truly only have opposition to offer and no solutions. Its too bad that rational conservatives like Ed Rollins are not being listened to. To survive, the moderate Republicans need to shed the conservatives. Hopefully, the conservatives will form their own party and then the remaining Republicans can reclaim the heritage that Abraham Lincoln would be proud of.

    May 28, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. JON

    This is from the man who started a listening tour that lasted 1 day after RUSH put a stop to them . And he wanted to be the PRESIDENT. 32 words out of 4000 in one speech and he’s troubled. 30 years she has proved herself over and over again and this is what they come up with “troubling” I’m so sick of the GOP with the lies, hate and fear. Is this what the party is all about now? White people that hate everyone that does not look or think like them. Romney you wouldn’t have been troubled if you read the whole speech.

    May 28, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. ThinkAboutIt

    Romney says that Sotomayor's statements are "troubling" and that he is also withholding judgment.

    I don't think so, Mitt. You see, "troubling" is an adjective, describing your judgment about Sotomayor's statements.

    There's the real litmus test to belong to the GOP these days: Be a complete idiot!

    May 28, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    Mitt jsut trying to keep his name in the news and CNN will oblige anyone!

    May 28, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  8. Benny from DC

    Get'em Mitt!

    May 28, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    GOOD Mitt.......... hold judgement! Because Latinos are watching how a brilliant woman who has worked hard and succeeded is being treated by the GOP.

    Remember, hermanos, when the GOP comes feigning 'friendship' & care for our people....... VOTE DEMOCRAT!

    May 28, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. Dan

    That's okay. Most of Romney's comments trouble me. Same goes for most of the other repulsivecans too.

    May 28, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. J in NJ

    Romney – "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".

    That is a fair and reasonable statmement. Now if only all our of our politicans were as level headed as this statement we would be in much better shape.

    May 28, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. Drop out!!

    @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***.Who put you incharge .....Give her a chance to explain her Views ***You didn't do a good job explaining your views....as in Drop Out......Eyes Rolling!!!

    May 28, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. CitizenJane

    Excuse me Mitt, but you are involved in the confirmation process how?

    May 28, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. Mike, Vancouver

    The biggest issue that all of these non-elected indviduals that have nothing good to say about anyone is that the world of politics has changed. Changed to the point that these far right Liberals are beginning to see that their waysand means of the far right Republican Party are disappearing and they are losing grip of control in the party.

    The country doesn't want to hear their lies, defaming and divisive attitudes anymore. The country wants more diversity and fairness that lets' Americans reach their dreams and not be controlled by the power mongers of the country.

    If anyone thinks that Rush Limbaugh would be a candidate for the presidency or should have any influencein American politics should be ashamed of themselves, as he, Cheney, Gingritch, Greene, Rove, Romney, Coulter and these are not all... are only out to destroy peoples lives any way they can. They seem to have no capacity to do anything but to pull the trigger and shoot at any one who does not agree with them. They do not have reasonable mindsets that allow them to be good politicians.

    They do to raise people up, rather they aim to cut off all opposition off at the knees and maintain the wealthy clique they have had over many years ripping off the United States of America.

    May 28, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. Gordon Shumway

    Does anybody care what Romney thinks?

    May 28, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. Ajean

    Absolutely, who cares about Mitt Romney? He should go just go and get his nails done or whatever rich boys like him do.

    May 28, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. Ken

    It is a basic human practice to see things through ones own eyes, we should not ignore who we are and where we came from no matter what position we attain or seek. If we are lucky we can try to see things through the eyes of others but it is our own experience that gives us flavor and allows us to add richness to our endeavors.

    May 28, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. KW2008

    A lot of people find Rommeys statements troubling – Especially lying or changing their story to gain nominations.

    Well you can syndicate any boat you row

    May 28, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. Mary

    GOP oposition is just noise. No body pays attention anymore because they never have anything pertinent to say. They are still the party of "No". If President Obama say his name is Barack Obama, they will campaign against that. Again, the are grasping for straws.

    May 28, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  20. LA2NC

    I'm sorry, but when was he elected to the Senate or anything else for that matter. How good of him to withold judgement after giving his opinion and judgement. Give me a break Romney, please just go away.

    May 28, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. John S

    Mitt Romney. Hahahahahahaha.. Yeah, like anyone cares what he has to say.

    May 28, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. John-Black Hills/SD

    Republicans are irrelevant, no one other than Limpbaugh, Hannity, and the republicans carnival monkey aka Cheney, are the only ones who think their words are relevant.

    May 28, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. Anthony McMahon-Illinois

    Who cares what he thinks. This guy doesn;t know whether he's coming, going or somewhere in between.

    May 28, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. Mike S.

    Do former Massachusetts governors get to vote on judicial confirmations?

    Say goodnight Mitt. Say goodnight Newt. Say goodnight Rush.

    May 28, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. David in West Virginia

    So Mitt Romney and Senator Roberts has problems with Sotomayors' comments. It's ironic but they never seem to get upset over the mostly male Supreme Court and Scalia's comments and off-the-wall rulings. They claim they want a strict constructionist view on the Supreme Court but what they really want is a Male Chavinistic intrepretation on the Court and Pres. Obama's nominee, Stotmayor does not meet that test. She is wiser and perhaps smarter. They constantly take her comments out of context. Typical of the hypocrites.

    May 28, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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