May 28th, 2009
07:12 PM ET
14 years ago

Romney: Sotomayor's statements 'troubling', withholds judgment

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. arnie

    If you are not a United State Senator your judgement don't count ! so please feel free to share. I am glad he is not our President. He is on the side lines where he belongs.

    May 28, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. carlos

    Truth-Bomb and the mitt, what can I say?get some basic knowledge, it will help you.

    May 28, 2009 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  3. republicanturneddemocrat

    Anything that comes out of a Mormon's mouth is troubling and a concern. He should sit MUM on this issue....

    Does he really believe that Joseph Smith saw an angel in the woods of Cumorah, New York and told them that everyone on planet earth will be God's one day?.....

    Ok Mit, I would sit down and be quiet if I were you.

    May 28, 2009 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  4. Todd

    When Alito stated at his judicial confirmation that he would consider the prejudice directed at his family, did the Limbaugh, Newt, Rove, Hannity (Republican Hypocrites) raise any objections?

    When 41 introduce Thomas as a man of "Empathy"? Did the RH's above raise any objections?

    The hypocrissy of the current Republican party is one reason for the 21% approvial ratining in this country.....

    May 28, 2009 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  5. maf

    Scott, finally a Republican making sense????
    Mitt hasn't made any sense since his disastrous attempt at the run for President! Really!
    Will anything the GOP says in opposition of a judge that they all but anointed previously be rational and valid???
    Nope! Get over yourself!

    2010 and 2012 loom large and the Republican party are getting close to being extinct. Long live the one-party system. Gobama Go!

    May 28, 2009 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  6. steven harnack

    just who is this "we" he is refering to? did he get elected to the senate when no one was paying attention?

    May 28, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  7. hozo2006

    if Repugnants are obsolete now ... just wait 10 more years ... Party of No and now the Party of No Sense!

    May 28, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  8. Fred May Sr. Spanaway WA.

    Name and race should never be put on any test at any time. When test of this kind are given to a mixed group of people numbers should be assigned to the test. A removeable strip with a matching number shall be removed by the person taking the test. Those who have the winning numbers get promoted. Numbers should be published in the news paper or put on the bulletin board .

    May 28, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  9. Larry

    Who cares what Romney thinks ... ???

    May 28, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  10. SKS

    Terry, you are an idiot, beyond belief. Conservatism is the only ideology which embraces the founding principles and the constitution. The trouble is, most Republicans are not conservative. Liberalism is a mental disease, and you Terry have this disease.

    May 28, 2009 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  11. Johnny DC

    Wow, so quick to bash Mitt as a "loser". Some of you Liberals are hysterical. You do realize that in 2016 you will be lining up to support Presidential Candidate Clinton, right? I guess she wasn't a loser too, somehow?

    Amazing how short-sighted your vision is.

    Mitt Romney would have made a great President in 2008 and he will make a great President in 2016 when he beats the power-mongering Clinton.

    May 29, 2009 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  12. PhoenixGal

    I actually appreciate Mitt Romney's balanced approach to this. At least he is willing to listen to what the nominee has to say and to give the confirmation process a fair shot. How refreshing to hear this from a former Republican candidate!

    May 29, 2009 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  13. former Michigan Democrat

    to terry: I agree, somewhat! if you really think about the definitions, to conserve, or be conservative, is to maintain the status quo. To be progressive is to progress further. To anyone with ambition or compassion, it seems obvious we would always want to progress beyond where we are today. In my opinion, to be conservative is to be complacent, and, to a certain extent, selfish.

    May 29, 2009 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  14. Tatianna

    LOL@ 52 percent of the American electorate running around like a bunch of howling ninnies, chanting like a horde of Jim Jones followers, who cant get enough of the poison kool-aid.

    May 29, 2009 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
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