June 2nd, 2009
08:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Sotomayor to Feinstein: Latina remark 'poor choice of words'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/02/art.soto1.gi.jpg caption="Sotomayor made the rounds on Capitol Hill Tuesday."](CNN) - Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor told Sen. Dianne Feinstein Tuesday her controversial Latina remarks were a "poor choice of words," the California Democrat said.

“She said, 'Obviously it was a poor choice of words if you read on and read the rest of my speech you wouldn’t be concerned with it but it was a poor choice of words,'" Feinstein told reporters.

Feinstein, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, added that she and Sotomayor "generally" discussed the issue of abortion, and 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," the senator said.

- CNN's Ted Barrett contributed to this report

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. matt

    she is awesome

    June 2, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  2. Jerome

    "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," the senator said.

    What an idiot the Senator is. She's too stupid to hide her litmus test from the light of day. Oh, Senator? You're not supposed to ask the judge how she would rule on a specific case, remember?


    June 2, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  3. Republicans on another hate mission

    Sotomayor has NOTHING to apologize for or explain. This is typical Republican garbage to pull one sentence from a long speech and spin it totally out of context so they have something else to complain about.

    Republican aren't happy unless they are complaining or whining or lying or attacking someone. They have no ideas and are so out of touch with America – all they can do is try to obstruct Obama and spread hate and fear. It is all they know how to do.

    Sotomayor is a far better candidate than Roberts or Alito ever was. She will finally be a real asset to the Court, which is overly burdened with rabid conservative white men who DO make all decisions based on political agendas. We need someone on the Court with common sense and the ability to be moderate and follow the law.

    Sotomayor will be confirmed despite the Republican hatefest that is only further destroying the last shred of their Party.

    June 2, 2009 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  4. Kenyan Wonder Kid

    Glad to see that our new SCOTUS nominee can recite the response that Obama gave her. He is her teleprompter.

    June 2, 2009 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  5. ed

    good lord
    60 percent of her cases are overturned on appeal
    shes wasting the peoples money not to mention ruining peoples lives
    she should apply at laraza janet muriga the pres would love her

    June 3, 2009 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  6. Kathy

    Dear Senator! It's NOT about abortion. It's about a right to privacy in our most personal affairs.

    June 3, 2009 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  7. Tatianna

    There is evidence of the dem party swept up in its own revolutionary fervor caught up in the self-flattering belief that history has called upon it to solve all the problems at once. Here we have an ambitious president intending to enact the most radical agenda of social transformation seen in our lifetime. Obama needs Sotomayor, lawmakers and voters alike to view the world through his prism, and to accept his analysis of whats wrong and how to make it right. Clever politics, but intellectually dishonest to the core.

    June 3, 2009 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
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