June 3rd, 2009
09:54 PM ET
11 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. LacrosseMom

    @ worriedmom......... Madam, IT IS actually the other way around! The GOP has been condemning Judge Sotomayor and labeling her a...... racist. Which is what the GOP usually does.

    The GOP= hate, lies, fear and division.


    June 3, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. w.l. jones

    :/Boy;/ The Moors is comming...... what a change you cannot believe in.

    June 3, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Boycott lush limpaugh!

    June 3, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Mickey Dean

    Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh: an opinion on everything and a degree in nothing between them.

    I guess the only credentials you need to be the voice of the republican party is have a big mouth.

    June 3, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Oops, looks like Sotomayor said something almost exactly the same several years earlier, so it doesn't appear to be a slip of the tongue, but rather a true reflection of her feelings.

    June 3, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Bobbie in Maryland (Could I PLEASE get out of moderation???)

    Is it possible? Rush has seen the light? nah...probably not!

    June 3, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. J Wills

    Rush likes Sotomayor?

    Then that means trouble for liberals.

    This could be his ploy at reverse psychology to get liberals to vote against her.

    Or it could be true, Sotomayor might be 'pro-life/anti-abortion' after all.

    Who knows for sure what she'll do once appointed.

    June 3, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Alan Smith

    Keep talking Rush, you're digging your party a deeper hole.

    June 3, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Greg Pottstown Pa

    A terrorist strikes in Arkansas and we are talking about rush.
    I love that cnn has not covered the fact that America was attacked by a terrorist. maybe cnn can't get all the facts.

    June 3, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Ken

    This is like getting an endorsement from Bluto (in the Popeye cartoons). It doesn't help and is a bit of a drag...but only a small bit, afterall Rush, like Bluto, is only a cartoon character.

    June 3, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. MJHS1967

    I like Muhammad Ali's favorite quote for these GOP nutcases -
    "They All Must Fall in the Round I Call." 🙂

    June 3, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. David F

    Hah! He probably realized, as I'm sure Newt did, bashing someone who straddles two voting blocs (Female/Hispanic) the Republicans very much need was not a good thing to do. Methinks they stepped in it this time.

    June 3, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Hawk

    Who cares what the blowhard says. He does not represent conservatives. He does not represent Republicans. He is a druggie clown who represents only himself. If everyone (Republicans and the media – like Fox) would just ignore him he just might do us all a favor and go away. As it is, he is hurting th conservative and Republican causes.

    June 3, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Eldo Hill

    I view Limbaugh and Ginrich views as much as I would Mickey Mouse, I would question their views on Race,however I think that they have fully shown where they stand on racism and from the definiion of a racist I think they ( Limbaugh and Ginrich) fall into that catagory I saw nothing wrong with what she said she just expressed her view point the same as everybody does. I have very serious concerns about all elected officials views on race because they will say anthing to get elected

    June 3, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Proud Republican

    As a proud republican who does not listen to Rush's show or to any of the extreme right wing, I hope that this goes to show all of those out there who call him the "leader" of the GOP that he is in fact nothing more than a commentator. He is not nor has he ever been the head of the GOP. He is a movement conservative not really a republican. And as for Gingrich, well he's not in any leadership role in the GOP anymore.

    Only one republican senator that I can think of even came close to saying anything like what Rush and Gingrich did. For the vast majority of the rest of them (actual leaders of the GOP) they said they want to give Sotomayor a fair hearing and they want to learn all they can about her judicial philosophy which is NOT about her gender or race.

    June 3, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. terpmaniac

    Well since Rush and Newt now say she is "not" a racist she must not really be one because we all know Rush and Newt would never lie about such a thing...right?

    (America, the land of the free and the stupid)!

    June 3, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. anais

    Liberals are funny. Rush is crazy...like a fox! He's smarter than most of you and has his own reasons for saying what he did. It just kills you that he has so much influence and you all are the reason why. LOL!

    June 3, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. gngpp

    What's the difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Hindenburg ?
    One is a flaming nazi gas bag and the other is a balloon.

    June 3, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Juan

    Limbaugh has been a bigot and a Dope for a while now so who cares what he says. The media keeps bringing him up as if he what he says is that important. Limbaugh and the WWE (World Wresling Entertainment) are the same, You can't take them too seriously.

    June 3, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Michael

    Gingrich and Limbaugh's comments were irrelevant bile when they said Judge Sotomayor was a racist. Their views are just as much irrelevant bile now that they've done 180-degree turns on the issue.

    Nice to see they've each screwed the pooch in terms of their own credibility, though...

    June 3, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Tim

    Oops, it looks like Sotomayor said almost the exact same thing several years earlier, so it's not a slip of the tongue but a reflection of her true beliefs. Separate rules for different groups of people.

    June 3, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Missy in KY

    Why does anyone or any network give this man any attention? What is his major accomplishments except for criticizing and creating hatred among people? Why is he so worried about "life"? He almost has people killing each other on a daily basis with his judgmental and hypocrital RACIST comments stirring up hate. Go away, loser Limbaugh! You are far from being moral.

    June 3, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Triple A

    hey Vic of New york, of course she is going to get voted in and I am sure in the next election the left should do very well for 2 reasons I can think of off the top of my head.

    1. they get to vote 2 or three times (sometimes more) per election thanks in part to organizations like ACORN.

    2. the number of people with their hands out to the Government is nearing or may have even exceeded the number of people willing to work for a living.

    This broad statement of course does not include all Latino's nor is this hand out mentality limited to just Latino's.

    June 3, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. DrPangloss

    Why is this a shock? Rush is saying he has no problem with racism (just ask Donovan McNabb), but he does have a problem with abortion.

    June 3, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Claudia in Houson

    Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh probably collaborated together after both backtracking on the same day. Remember it is Limbaugh who tells those who are the spineless Republicans what to do.

    June 3, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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