June 3rd, 2009
11:06 AM ET
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sen. Sessions realizes that Newt's comments will be attached to every republican on the Judiciary Committee. If Newt feels that way, they all must feel that way. I'm sure Sen. Sessions shares Mr. Gingrich's point of view, but he can't say so out publicy because of his position on the Judicial Committee.

    June 3, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Carl from MI

    Yes... now tell Newt and Rush and the rest of the GOP loudmouths to shut up so you can do your job without having to listen to all the stupid comments from the GOP peanut gallery!!

    June 3, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. D. Tree

    Throughout all of this its becoming clear that President Obama has made a choice that people on both sides of the aisle can agree to. Well done, Mr. President!

    June 3, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. J

    Are there going to be Senate Sessions for every comment any person who is NOT in the Senate makes??

    Stupid waste of time!!
    Get to work on REAL problems instead of wasting time with your stupid grandstanding..

    Obama Supporting Liberal Wussy

    June 3, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Mike

    It's funny how those the likes of Gingrich, Limbaugh, and the GOP in general calling Sotomayor a racist! These are the same people who don't tolerate anyone who doesn't look and think like them.

    June 3, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. mike

    Come on people lets be honest,the reason republicans are dead set against abortion is because 85percent of the women who gets abortions are white women,there was 1.2million abortions performed last year,out of that 1million of those abortions was white women,since roe vs wade was overturned white women have had 32million abortions,minorities only 5million.white people are 62percent of the population in america,if roe vs wade wasnt overturned white people would have been 70percent of the population today,thats a hudge difference,in the republicans knows it,so i wish the mainstream media along with the republican party would be honest in just tell the truth,that the only reason they care about this abortion issue is because the white population is shrinking at an unbelievable rate,now if minorities was having 85percent of the abortions,the media or the republicans wouldnot care about abortion,in fact the republicans would be pro-abortion just think about it people.

    June 3, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. rdw

    Let me see if I understand this correctly. Newt tweets, creates political firestorm, with who? politicians!! what happened to the people? are not their reps in government outraged over these comments as well. I as a citizen am worried about these comments as well as other things and decisions made by this women and my reps in Washington are not. Politicians did not vote to put you there I did and if you want to stay there I suggest you start acting like it as well. And I am about sick and tired of Gibbs flat out lies and threats to our elected officials and the American people, Quote "I think it is probably important for anybody involved in this debate to be exceedingly careful with the way in which they've decided to describe different aspects of this impending confirmation," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs". Why? will the politicians be branded terrorist in the eyes of the Government? Even Sen. Sessions agrees "about the serious issues that the nations faces and the court faces." but not what they said that some find alarming speech by a pending judge on the Supreme Court. Give me a break, do all politicians back down when their constitutes rag them.?

    June 3, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Jeff

    Sessions and McConnell are racists and so are most Repukes.

    June 3, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Cromwell

    Don't expect Sessions to rebuke Rush Limbaugh for calling Judge Sotomayer a racist? He wouldn't dare challenge the Boss.

    Watching Sessions squirm and dodge, in an interview Sunday, when he was asked if he disagreed with Limbaugh, was comical.

    June 3, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    This is amazing, Judge Sonia Sotomayor has been a judge for many years one line from 2001speech, Gingrich and conservative host Rush Limbaugh called Sotomayor's racially divisive remarks. Now when Judge Sotomayor "said the statement was a bad choice word" move on, Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh said Judge Sotomayor is a racist judge then Gingrich change his mine saying he shouldn't have said The word 'racist' should not have been applied to Judge Sotomayor as a person. WHAT UP WITH THIS. A POOR CHOICE OF WORD?????? FOOT IN MOUTH. F. I. M.

    June 3, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. katiec

    Sessions is just playing the political game. He, along with his fellow republicans, have made such ridiculous, distorted comments in the past one cannot put much importance in anything that they have to say. Their party first, anything to win mentallity far overrides recognition or respect, their lack of concern for the future of our
    country, wanting our country to fail is as unAmerican as a politician can get.
    Actions speak much louder than words.

    June 3, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Kevin B

    It is sad that republican party has to rely on political hacks like Gingrich and Limbaugh to push thier agenda, while the world passes the GOP by.

    Mr Obama and team continue to run circles around the GOP which is fumbling and snarling like a wounded animal.

    Thanks Mr Cheney and Bush and Rove for doing what no democrat could ever dream of doing and that is to destroy the GOP for years to come.

    June 3, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Melissa

    Personally, I don't believe Gingrich for a second. The only reason he's apologizing is because people are up in arms over what he said. Its to save his own hide. He should never have opened his fat mouth in the first place.

    June 3, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Char

    If you ask me, the whole GOP feels the same way Newt does about Sotomayor, but are too coward to say it out loud! They do not think the rest of us are smart enough to figure that out.

    June 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Ken

    I hope Sessions and Gingrich got permisssion from Limbaugh to backpedal like this. Otherwise the issue will just get muddled again with more kowtowing to their preening rightwing lord, as the far right contiunues to consolodate its hold on a wasting [R] party.

    I personally enjoy all this kowtowing and consolodation. Once the [R] party is densly consolodated with only the far-est of the right, and the most moronic and delusional of the few-believers, then it should be wrapped with brightly colored paper, festooned with a bow, tied to a rock and thrown into a very deep lake.

    June 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Kevin B

    Mr Obama and team continue to run circles around the GOP which is fumbling and snarling like a wounded animal.

    Thanks Mr Gingrich, Cheney and Limbaugh for doing what no democrat could ever dream of doing and that is to destroy the GOP credability for years to come.

    June 3, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. jerry

    there has got to be something wrong with a news organisation that prints anything gingrich a disgraced senator who not only disgraced the senate but the people of this country, this is why our country is the way it is today.

    June 3, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Steve

    I found Sessions comments to be illuminating. I agree with him that some judges on the SJC...Thomas, Alito, Kennedy being three....seem to feel empowered to bring their personal beliefs and political biasis into the interpretation of the laws, statutes, and Constitution. RIght on Sessions! It's about time the conservapubs admitted to this.

    June 3, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Lynn

    When will CNN apologize for their nonstop coverage of this isolated quote, treating Gingrich's hateful comments as fact and truth and their complicity in the unjustified character assassination of this qualified judge ?

    June 3, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Newt was serious when he made the remark.As unforgiving as his GOP peers are he should not also be forgiven. They are after the head of Nancy Pelosi in trying to cover their war crimes.

    June 3, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Calista

    She made a racist comment. I don't believe it she meant it to be racist but she does believe her comment to be patially true. People do make those mistakes, just not maliciously. The same thing happens when people assume I like fried chicken. Newt was correct in calling her out for it and backed off after she explained that she would have worded it differently. And, Mike on June 3rd, 2009 11:30 am ET, are you aware the GOP supported Clarence Thomas when the democrats did not?
    You are doing the same thing when you single out "the GOP" and assume Newt and Rush don't like people who are different from them.
    The GOP supports those who are qualified to do a job and I don't believe that people who are not qualified should be hired because they are not white.

    June 3, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. gl, Pittsburgh

    It is too late becasue the demanaged have already taking effect. This man is a blantant racist becasue it take one to no one. He have made several racist statements one too many times.

    June 3, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Liberal4Obama

    The republican party is full of people who are intellectually dishonest. Too bad for republicans women and minorities already found out they are not welcome in their party.

    The republican tent is so small not even republican moderates fit in it anymore... Powell, Specter (who actually became a democrat)

    June 3, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. George Guadiane Austerlitz, NY

    Can't wait to hear Rush's rabid slobbering response to THIS situation.
    Can't WAIT to hear Gingrich try to justify HIS slip of etiquette while trying to continue to slam Ms. Sotomayor for hers, and I REALLY CAN'T WAIT for her to take her place on the Supreme Court!

    June 3, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. sms29s

    I can only hope that Newt runs for President. Then we can trot out his sister and his first two wives to vouch for his character, compassion, past statements and actions. And we can resurrect some of his old lamebrain ideas to haunt him–such as taking all children on welfare and warehousing them in orphanages.

    June 3, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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