June 3rd, 2009
09:54 PM ET
6 years ago

Limbaugh ready to support Sotomayor?

Limbaugh could support Sotomayor, but said he still thinks she is a racist.
Limbaugh could support Sotomayor, but said he still thinks she is a racist.

(CNN) - A week after calling Sonia Sotomayor a "racist" in reference to her 2001 "wise Latina" remarks, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday he's now open to supporting President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

"I can see a possibility of supporting this nomination if I can be convinced that she does have a sensibility toward life in a legal sense," Limbaugh said on his radio program.

Limbaugh's statement comes the same day former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who himself derided Sotomayor as a "racist" last week, wrote in an op-ed that he regretted his choice of words.

On his show Wednesday, Limbaugh said his potential support of Sotomayor stems from the nominee's unclear stance on abortion coupled with the fact that she is a Catholic.

"I don't know that it will ever happen, but if you know, the opportunity to get somebody like her, she's a Catholic, she's a devout Catholic, she's a Hispanic Catholic, Puerto Rican, they tend to be devout, she hasn't got a record on this. Normally liberals do have a record," Limbaugh said.

But, unlike Gingrich, the conservative talker did not back away from his contention Sotomayor is a racist.

I didn't know why he retracted it," Limabaugh said of Gingrich. "What is it? It's racism, reverse racism, whatever, but it's still racism, and she would bring a form of racism and bigotry to the court. But as I said yesterday, folks, I'm - I'm - I may look past that.

Meanwhile, Obama officials have said the president has not directly asked Sotomayor how she might rule in abortion rights cases, but California Democrat Dianne Feinstein - who met with Sotomayor Tuesday - said that the judge believes strongly in legal precedent.

"I believe she has a real respect for precedent and … if that is really true then I will agree with her, and I believe it is," said Feinstein, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.


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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. C.M.Mooney

    Who gives a RAT'S BEHIND if that jerk Limbaugh gives his approval for anything....Who does he think he is. Remember...this is the guy who slobbered over G.W.Bush for eight years....Trying to convince us that he (GWB) was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

    June 3, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Doug

    I can't understand why the news media is so enamored with reporting what Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich have to say about anything. One would think those two define the news for the mainstream media.

    June 3, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. Kimberly

    who cares what rush limpballs says!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am no longer coming to cnn. i am tired of this being the rush/newt/romney hour. These 3 losers are not ever going tyo hold a public office again, and are irrelivant to the country. i am going to msnbc

    June 3, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. beevee

    Some one in GOP must have bashed Limbaugh that he changed in tune about Sotomayor. But who cares what this barely highschool pass radio talkshow host thinks about any one. I don't.

    June 3, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Jean

    "In an interview with Laura Haim on Canal Plus, a French television station, Mr. Obama noted that the United States also could be considered as “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” He sought to downplay the expectations of the speech, but he said he hoped the address would raise awareness about Muslims."

    WHO voted for this guy?

    June 3, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Liberal4Obama

    The intellectually dishonest and morally bankrupt "Dear Leader" of the republican tribe "BOSS" Limbaugh strikes again.

    June 3, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Jean

    Roe v Wade gone once, gone twice.

    June 3, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. proud army navy mom

    why is cnn so fascinated with every word fat rush utters?

    Cnn we don't care about his psycho opinions, ok?

    June 3, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. AndyB

    Something is definetly wrong here.

    June 3, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. Hmmmm...

    Okay, so do we care what Rush thinks? I think not. We couldn't care less what he thinks.

    He called Sonja Sotomayer a racist, and he's the one who sang "Barack, the Magic Negro".

    Crawl back under your rock Rush, no one cares what you think except your "ditto heads", and they don't think.

    June 3, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Ted

    Who really cares what this big fat buffoon thinks? Come on, the guy is a jerk, a comedian, a nobody. Can someone from the GOP shut this dumb stupid jerk up? He is a non-celebrity to most clear thinking people who are mostly Democrats , by the way.

    June 3, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Watch Fox Tonight for the Truth!

    Just like CNN. They take what he says and then they turn it around to meet their needs. If you are really interested in what he thinks, tune in to Hannity on Fox News tonight. He will enlighten you with actual facts instead of biased information.

    June 3, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. MikeH

    Flattus bag Rush is takin' too much Oxycontin again.

    June 3, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. mtv

    WOW first time two Big Mouth Fools have to take back what they said..............Rush and Grinwich............I guess you guys found out the new generation of people are tired of the Bashing...........from people who do not help anything.

    June 3, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Jen

    Give Rush a break folks. He has to deal with Rac.ists every day. He can't even brush his teeth in the morning without a rac.ist staring right at him. Everytime he scratches himself, a rac.ist is violating him. All he wants to do is talk on the radio, but he can't without hearing a rac.ist. Give him a break.

    June 3, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. JustaGuy

    Seriously , "I may support that".. please.. who is Rush Limbaugh to support anything.? He has a radio show.. he is an entertainer.. He's got no real education, no credentials other than his own blowhard pronouncements.

    Why does CNN bother to print what this clown says? why does anyone?

    June 3, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. hhs

    Who cares what Rush Limbaugh or Newt Gingrich thinks?

    June 3, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Vickie

    Not interested in Limbaugh!

    June 3, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Ex-RepublicanTX

    Typical GOP...Flip Flop and Flip again....Oh someone finally corrected the script. Rush why dont you try the Circus...you fit the size of the dumb clown. Its too late Big guy, we have you on youtube and will replay you, Newt, Cheney and all the idiots files when you come up with foolish talk. You are the offspring of the DEVIL.

    June 3, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. TommytheCat

    CNN Comments: Where liberals get together to pat each other on the back.

    Soooo, when a hispanic says that she's better qualified then white men because of her race, that's not racism.
    But if a white man says he's better qualified than a hispanic (or other ethnicity) because of his race, then...

    Let's all put our thinking caps on. Maybe, Rush gets paid so much because he has a huge audience. Maybe, he has a huge audience because he delivers a quality product, that is, what you normally don't find in mainstream media. In fact, I think Faux Noise, or however you like to call it, is winning the ratings war in spades.

    So keep patting yourselves on the back while our country slips deeper into socialism. The Change you voted for.

    June 3, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Connor

    Limbaugh is trying to cover up his own racism by projecting. That and keep his ratings as high as he himself is.

    June 3, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. GLN

    It seems that everything is racial to Rush. Why is that? Methinks you protest too much, sort of like the anti-gay folks that turn out to be gay themselves. Could he be a racist? Hmmm.

    June 3, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. Kwesoe

    Rush talks before he thinks, then he has to recant his words. Talk about eating crow!

    June 3, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Rosetta

    Whats wrong CNN don't like to publish the truth that you only take bits and pieces of what Rush thinks. Rush is right this is State Run media.

    June 3, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Jen

    June 3rd, 2009 5:41 pm ET

    "In an interview with Laura Haim on Canal Plus, a French television station, Mr. Obama noted that the United States also could be considered as “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” He sought to downplay the expectations of the speech, but he said he hoped the address would raise awareness about Muslims.

    WHO voted for this guy?"

    Who? America voted for "this guy". That includes the millions of Muslim American's that live here. Oh you thought white evangelical hypocritical phony Christians were the majority? Awwww....so sawwy.

    June 3, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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