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. RH

    If Obama had simply nominated an Hispanic woman, fine. We might have had our suspicions, but who would deny her simply because of her ethnicity or gender? He didn't do that, however. He has basically been explicit about his intention to nominate a minority for the sake of nominating a minority and Sotomayor wields her ethnicity as a political weapon. This is, as Romney says here, troubling. All they had to do was leave the subtext between the lines and, at least ostensibly, let the nomination process proceed based on the nominee's merit alone.

    May 28, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    and does anybody cares what this idiot thinks not

    May 28, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. Keeth in California

    Since when does Mitt have any room to question the politics of someone else? This man is a chameleon.

    May 28, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    and does anybody cares what this idiot thinks not ..we need to just not ask people like him about anything

    May 28, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. Terry

    Do you really think that most people care what Mitt Romney has to say on any given topic? I never viewed Romney to be a viable candidate for higher office.

    May 28, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  6. Big Ed

    What a coincidence! I am troubled about Mitt Romney's statements!

    May 28, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. Gonzo in Houston

    His statement is fair and positive. I wonder if he means a single word of it?

    May 28, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Frankly, Romney is not a senator (nor an elected official at all, for that matter). Therefore, his opinion really doesn't count on Judge Sotomayor's nomination.

    May 28, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. Eleanor, Port Orchard, WA

    Mitt, your mouth is moving again. You might want to see to that!

    May 28, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. Boo in Boston

    Who cares what Romney says about a Supreme Court nominee? A bunch of Republican Senators and Representatives, not to mention the President of The United States....among others.

    May 28, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. Jon Sanders

    This is well-reasoned, respectful statement by Mitt Romney. I still feel that America missed the vote by not electing Mitt as President last time around, and given Obama's less than stellar decisions in the economic arena, I'm sure that many people feel the same. Here's to hoping Mitt runs again in 2012 or 2016. I'd vote for him.

    May 28, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. Mike in Texas

    The problem with the Republicans: Too many cooks spoil the broth. They have no clear leader and everyone is throwing out their two cents. Romney, do some research on comments Justice Scalia made and they are similar to hers. Once they do find that out, I am sure Repubs will say she is a plagiarist.

    May 28, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. Chris

    Mitt, If you want to be a player in the Republican Party next time around, you are going to have to be man.

    You know her statements and her rulings are more than just "troubling" from a conservative point of view. If you are a conservative, act like it.

    May 28, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    Wendy G.:

    Try not to be an ignorant racist like other Obamabots.

    May 28, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Mike

    Who Cares what Romney says?!?! I am a clear thinking, open minded, tolerant Independent and I care. The only people who don't are far lefties and Mormon haters who are completely closed to respectable discourse.

    May 28, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  16. Tom L

    Here comes the Democrat hate postings. "Party of No," "Rethugs," "you lost now go home," blah blah blah. You really should recognize all of the hate, anger and vitriol you post on a daily basis.

    May 28, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. Victory

    Of course, Mitt will have to console his lawyer on this one. I wonder if this guy can make a decision without his lawyer?

    May 28, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  18. mitt romney

    I say again...WHO cares what Wendy G. has to say about anything???

    May 28, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. joseph turay

    mitt romney does not understand the role of the judiciary he is just a business man . please mitt romney stay away from this issue.

    May 28, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. Joyce Becker

    It really doesn't matter what Romney thinks about Sotomayor, as he doesn't get to vote on her appointment and he is not even part of the government any longer, so who cares.

    May 28, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. Robert

    Mitt is correct....I cant wait to vote for Romney in 2012 and get Obama out of the white house!

    May 28, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  22. Traci

    This woman is the worst choice for the Supreme Count. Here we go another liberal who will interpret the law to meet her views. We need conservatives in the Supreme Court who will fight for the fundamental that this country was founded on.

    May 28, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. tigerakabj

    And who on this screwed-up planet cares what Romney has to say?

    And Romney, you might as well buy some more homes (buy assets instead of wasting it on another 2012 run, especially since the religious wrong won't vote for you). Everybody knows you sold 2 of them b/c you don't want to be seen like McCain as out of touch.

    May 28, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. Idaho guy

    Oh really, he finds Sotomayor's past comments troubling. I find his past and present beliefs troubling.

    May 28, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. Michele

    We find some of your past statements more than 'troubling," too, Mitt, which is why you are currently not in office. And just who cares what you think anyway?

    May 28, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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