May 28th, 2009
07:12 PM ET
9 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. 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 |
  2. Edward

    Those who say that only Caucasians passed the test when trying to give their ridiculous argument legitimacy are lying … both Hispanic and African American Firefighters passed the exam and they too were DENIED PROMOTIONS because not enough minorities passed the test. It’s sad that we deny qualified people who earned their share promotions because too many of them happen to not be a minority. If you claim to be opposed to racism but support policies like this then I have news for you, you are a closet racist. I thought that we as a society were opposed to racism yet Sotomayor voted in favor of this obvious case of discrimination.

    May 28, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. Edward

    Why are certain people allowed to make decisions based on race yet feel that somehow the same cannot be done to them? For example the firefighters in CT were openly discriminated against and Sotomayor voted in favor of this discrimination but somehow the media sees nothing wrong with it because the victims where not minorities or rather because the victims were Caucasian.

    May 28, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. Dan, Idaho Falls

    Invading countries that have done nothing to us is troubling. Torture is troubling. Lying is troubling. Romney the Flip-Flopper is the most troubling of all !

    May 28, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. RGM

    I'm upset with the MEDIA...........FOR ONCE again taking a comment OUT of CONTEXT and going ballistic with it.

    If you read her ENTIRE statement, it totally contradicts the MEDIA's portrayal "latinas will make a better judgement" B.S. which they have been busy portraying.

    May 28, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Who is more credible– a judge who correctly states that Courts of Appeals make policy, but wrongly suggests that sex and ethnicity makes her a superior arbiter of constitutional law, or an investment banker who embraces a religious view that Jesus will return to some place in the Midwest?

    May 28, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. The Unshrub

    Who cares what this bum thinks. He is like Newt, whatever they say is only to help them run for president. There is no truth in what they say. Besides, he is not a elected officia.

    May 28, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  8. Chuck Merrill


    Just look at what Mitt did in Massachusetts. He closed loopholes that were stopping certain people and corporations from paying their fair share. Without raising taxes, we can balance the budget while making the tax code more friendly for the suffering middle and lower class.

    Once Obama has quadrupled our deficit and taxed everyone in sight, Mitt will be an easy choice. Let's face it folks Obama did nothing for the state of Illinois.

    May 28, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  9. kd

    Puh-LEASE! Romney hasn't a leg to stand on. As one person commented in the Kansas Sen Roberts story, Sotomayor ...

    ...was salutatorian at Princeton.

    ...was editor of the Law Review at either the best or one of the top 3 law schools in the nation.

    ... has more federal judicial experience than anyone on the court did the day they were nominated–and more than anyone, in fact, in 100 years.

    Romney is an idiot, like all of the old, racist white guys in charge of the GOP.

    May 28, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  10. The Unshrub

    If republicans do not want a Justice who legislates from the bench they should be happy with Sotomayor decision with the firefighters. She voted to support the law and the elected officials. To reverse their actions would be legislating from the bench. But what it appears the republicans want is legislating from the bench when it helps their cause, but oppose it when it doesn't help their cause.

    May 28, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. marge

    LOL..The Rethugs don't quite know how to "bash" Sotomayer...Their very nature is to oppose everything President Obama does....
    The joke's on them again....they stand to lose more (if that's possible) by opposing her nomination...LOL!LOL!
    The GOP has become a patheic bunch of losers!!!!! I love it!!!
    BTW..Waterboarding is Torture......and the decision to waterboard was NOT made by Nancy Pelosi....Move along little doggies and come up with some "new" idea's to help get us out of this mess "Your" party got us into!!!!!

    May 28, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  12. Paul Robeson


    I strongly urge you to read the ENTIRE speech and look at the WHOLE qoute. It amazes me how Conservatives will pull a few lines from an entire speech and attempt (poorly I might add) to paint a person as a racist. Amazing.

    To add, I guess you feel your buddies Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, and Limbo are covering the story by cherry picking pieces from a speech. Sounds like the same old Rev. Wright 'hatemonger sermon' approach. Wow.

    In 2009 the straw man will NOT WORK...we are too smart.

    May 28, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. Ellid

    Mr. Stodden, you clearly have never lived in Massachusetts. Mitt Romney was the worst governor I've ever had the misfortune to see in my thirty years living here – even Mike Dukakis did a better job, and that's saying something. He couldn't win a seat on the select board in a place like Monterey or Tyringham, and that's saying something.

    If you want him as President, that's your prerogative. But do NOT say he's a good leader, or did a good job in Massachusetts. He wasn't and he didn't. As the man standing near the Shaw Memorial yelled on the night Romney left the Statehouse for good said:

    "You are a terrible human being!"

    The sooner he packs up and moves back to Utah or Michigan, the happier this loyal Bay State will be.

    May 28, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  14. Eugene

    Sure it's troubling if your only news source is Fox News, Mitch. Read the whole speech. Read her case record. Get educated and not "brainwashed".

    May 28, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  15. Greg

    I'm glad to see he is reserving judgement, especially since he is not a senator and has NOTHING to do with the confirmation process, well besides political grand standing

    May 28, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  16. Nola

    CNN would you please stop reporting what each of the nut case have to say about Judge Sotomayor- Each of these men (Mitt, Rush, Newt, and the many others) must really have nothing else to do but to try and figure out what some very educated female says. Very sad to learn how insecure some men can be.

    May 28, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  17. Ciera wonder Romney didn't make it to first base during the presidential nomination. He either lacks basic understanding of some very simple concepts or he lacks backbone to speak truth.

    I mean...what she stated is not at all complicated "from the perspective of a wise Hispanic woman," that is. AND here's the thing, the president presides over ALL the people and should have a broader understanding of the diverse cultures that are part of these United States.

    Cultural competence has been lacking among leadership for far too long – you can't effectively govern those who cannot understand.

    May 28, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    I find it troubling that his hair hasn't shifted in a decade.

    May 28, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  19. lks

    I live in Arizona where members of the Mormon church are pretty influential. It is amazing how hostile they are towards Hispanics. Amazing in the sense that the primary recruiting ground for theChurch is Latin America. I don't get it. To paraphrase an old joke, an Hispanic supporting Mormonism is like a chcken supporting Colonel Sanders.

    May 28, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  20. marc

    And being a MA resident I find some of Romneys past statements troubling! I can't wait till he tries running for office again. Go Mitt flop

    May 28, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  21. alvino

    Mitt-wit's comments are a little different than a few days ago. Instead of basing her approval on one sentence 8 years ago, he is now willing to let her express her views.

    May 28, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  22. Greg

    Romney, this is the first time I really want to listen to you. This is a very reasonable position. Although I don't personally think I would vote for Sonia, but I think she is qualified and deserved to be heard. You really sound different from Limbaugh and Gingrich. Don't you find hem annoying?

    May 28, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  23. Sam

    President Romney, my that has a good ring to it. Finally somebody that hasnt been on the government dime their whole career and actually made a business from nothing into something. I think this is what the founding fathers had in mind when they formed our government. A man that has employed people and had to live in the confines of a budget would definitely be refreshing to our bloated over indulging government.

    May 28, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  24. slp

    Democrats are so mature. If you don't believe me, just read some of these posts. Real grown up to call people who disagree with you idiots and losers. How old are you people, six? This "my dad can beat up your dad" mentality is getting old. It also seems to me that democrats call racial discrimination when it is in their favor to do so. If they have nothing to gain, then anything goes and say and do what you want. Also, in regards to the gay marriage ban being upheld in California, I remember reading several times that democracy failed. Democracy doesn't fail just because it doesn't go the way you voted. I didn't vote for President Obama, but I don't think that democracy failed me. There you go acting like six year olds again. Also, how in the name of all that is sane can you compare people who voted to ban same sex marriage to Natzis. Sure, not allowing same sex couples to get married is just like killing millions of innocent people. The logic of democrats is messed up.

    May 28, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  25. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    Mitt Romney – a genuine Republican with genuine Republican integrity.

    May 28, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
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