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. Kimbirly

    I second that, who gives a rats rump what Romney says

    May 28, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. DMWhipp

    And yet Mitt didn't find Sarah Palin being a heartbeat away from the presidency troubling....

    May 28, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. Ruty

    Who cares what you think rich, old white man.

    May 28, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. Robert

    The man who has flip-flopped a thousand times and can't answer a question directly has problems with some statements of hers?

    At least we can believe her when she speaks. We really don't have a reason not to. But with Romney, he will tell any group anything he thinks they want to hear, and then turn around and tell another group the exact opposite.

    May 28, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. c

    her comments are indeed troubling and offend white people regardless of politics

    May 28, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. The Party of NO is only “pro-life” so they will be able to kill the “babies” 18 years later as soldiers in an elective religious war.

    Mittens, if you have your "magic panties" on, why is any statement troubling, won't the Great Panty God protect you?

    May 28, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. eric

    Oh, he'll "give her a chance". And what role does Romney have in all this?? That's what I thought... none.

    May 28, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. JP

    Wendy... I say I care what Mitt Romney has to say...........

    May 28, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. Chenna Benna

    Is Mitt and the other Repugs "trouble" by the same comments that were made by Scalia or Alito?

    May 28, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. John David, IN

    Well, then, you hypocritical wannabe-Conservative twit – you should check your facts before commenting. If you did you would learn that the holy grail of Conservative judiciary, none other than Antonin Scalia himself, has said that judges make policy – the same as Sotomayor stated. And they are RIGHT – judges make decisions that cover the grey areas of EVERY law. To say otherwise is a classic and tired Republican scare tactic.

    May 28, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. owl

    Did I miss something here? When did Mitt Romney get a vote on confirmation?

    May 28, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. End Of An Error

    Romney's Mormon underwear and the secret password to get his own planet to populate are what's "troubling".

    May 28, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. JT

    Mitt, you must really think that there is somebody that actually cares what you think. Might want to get a refill of air, you look like you're deflating a little.

    May 28, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. Miek

    Who cares, what a self-righteous republican thinks? Who cares what the non-adapting repubs think? Who cares what Mutt rim_me thinks

    May 28, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. Flagship, NC

    Let's see what kind of future Mitt Romney will have without the Latin voting block!

    May 28, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. Eddie of New York

    Pretty much the smartest thing you could do Mitch....keep your mouth shut.

    May 28, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. MCR

    CNN has just made a projection – Mitt Romney wins the 2012 Republican Primary.

    It's funny how every comment by Romney and Gingrich instantly becomes big news. Romney is a salesman who holds his finger to the wind and speaks out both sides of his mouth and Gingrich is the world's biggest hypocrite who hasn't been relevant in more than a decade. Why hasn't a mic been put in front of Palin to talk about Sotomayor yet? Too busy fighting her grandchild's father?

    May 28, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. Dennis of Millbrae, CA

    Excuse me, but Romney is not a member of the Senate and does not have a vote in this matter, so who cares what he thinks?

    May 28, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  19. ria, los angeles

    hey pretty boy, i got a proposition for ya, a commercial for just for men.

    May 28, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. Rebecca

    And why do we care what a former Governor thinks? I'm tired of all the "formers" spouting off. It's time for fresh ideas and thoughts, but all the GOP does is ressurect old-timers...keep doing that GOPers! It's all you've got as you struggle for relevancy!

    May 28, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  21. No Incumbents 2010

    Romney is a disgrace to the GOP. If Romney had his choice, women would not be allowed to work or vote. Only people that think exactly like him could serve in government. His opposition to Sotomayor is pure political pandering to the far right so he get the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

    May 28, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. Pat, CA

    Right on, Mitt !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  23. Lori

    @ Edith Ann, let me educate you about Affirmative Action. Chances are we (I'm assuming you're a white woman have benefited from it). It is well documented that white women benefit more from AA than ethnic minorities. We are the first to get hired and the last to get fired (you can even look at stats during this economy. We are the group least affected by unemployment in comparison to other groups). So let's not play the 'woe is me' card.

    P.S. Who cares what Romney thinks about Sotomayor?

    May 28, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. Seattle Sue

    I find anything Mitt Romney says to be troubling.

    May 28, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  25. Edward

    Had she been Caucasian you bet your bottom dollar that the media would be covering the fighter fighter story 24/7, that’s racism for you. Democrats care about race just as much as Republicans do, they just discriminate in a different fashion and hope that no one will notice. I am an Independent and a proud one at that because even though I lean to the left on most issues, it’s obvious that both sides are far too radical for any fair minded person who really does want FAIRNESS for all and a society in which people are judged based on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin … hypocrites.

    May 28, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
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