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. CNN = Moveon.org

    @P. Y.

    Awe... boo hoo, poor baby. Are you through spreading your lies? It is sad that you would rather see the Iraqi people under the oppression of Saddam Hussein still. This is a man that killed hundreds of thousands of his own people, yet you feel he should still be in power? You are an idiot and really self centered aren't you? You are a true liberal in that you only care about yourself first and to hell with the other countries who may be suffering.

    June 3, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Dan at 4:41,
    You err, though only so slightly. Many of our politicians speak without thinking first.
    And as of late, it's been our Rep friends doing a lot of quick speaking without thinking it thru. When my Rep friends ran the country (completely from 2001-2006), you can now "see and feel" the remnants of their drunken demeanor.

    Good luck to the current administration and elected officials on cleaning up what was done to us over the last several years.
    As for Rush, Dan, he and Newt spoke too quickly, thinking they should be the first one's out of the gate on shooting down the nomination.

    June 3, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Dee, NJ

    "Right", The Limbaaugh family was taugth: 1. White, 2. Man, 3. women, 4. NO BLACK! Mr. Rush what your saying is not in your eyes or in your heart!

    June 3, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Laurie in Spokane

    The GOP is good for a laugh any day. What a laughable bunch of morons. Wishy Washy, obstructive, divisive, mean and petty.

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

    Rush, Newt – send in the clowns. Who cares what these morons have to say.

    June 3, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Fla.

    Puh-lease. Who believes this nonsense? First Newt, then Limbaugh....

    Right out of the Rovian playbook–plant the seed, then "retract" after the damage has been implemented (wink, wink).

    Unfortunately for the GOP, this deplorable treatment of Judge Sotomayor will not soon be forgotten, coming from these de-facto "leaders" of the Republican Party. Sad.

    June 3, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. T

    What is really going on with the Rep., now they are taken it under
    consideration . I smell a rat? what is their motive. Need the brown votes?

    June 3, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. MillerJ

    Gee what a surprise, another bash anything to do with conservatives story. Give it up CNN MSNBC has the far left socialist audience, either try being somewhat centrist, or just shut down.

    June 3, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    I guess then this proves that because one makes comments that may be thought of as being racist doesn't really the mean that the person IS racist. Thank you to the person who brought the song "Obama the magic Negro" to the forefront and basically said that when minorities support and endorse another minority candidate it's only due to race whereas when whites endorse and support another white candidate then it's alright!

    June 3, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. jack lewis

    I didn't even know there still was a Rush Limbaugh!!

    June 3, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Pioneer

    This guy is on the radio, because no one wanted to look at him when he had his short lived TV show. I am at a loss as to why the CNN media print and report what this guy does, and says
    I don't listen to his radio show for a reason.
    Stop reporting what this guy says.

    June 3, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Denise

    The only two people who could possibly have any influence over Rush, convincing him to back off are the owner of the Krispy Kreme Donut shop down the street or his hmmmm ex housekeeper/maid.
    Maybe their conversation with Rush went something like this "El Rushbo, please cool it for a while, take another late nite trip to Jamaica, else we're going to have to cut off your supply of donuts and oxycotin if you don't stop talking so much smack."......

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

    Obama has Rush on the run! This is good!

    June 3, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Tim W.

    What is a "Rush Limbaugh" ? Who is a "Rush Limbaugh" and who gives a dang what this "Rush Limbaugh" says anyways ?
    Last I checked he was just a talk-radio show host and one that many people never even heard of. If the Republican Party considers him a leader in their party then they have bigger problems then who will be the next Supreme Court Judge !

    June 3, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Unhappy Dem

    She is still a far leftist who will vote against personal freedoms and play into obama's plans.

    June 3, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Lynne - Seattle

    Rush-a flip flopper?????????????

    June 3, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Bob G

    Takes a racist to know one, Rush. Remember the football comments that got you kicked off ESPN? I do. To whit: You felt that the media covering professional football conspired to praise McNabb and position him on a pedestal he had not earned. The reason for this conspiracy was that they wanted a black quarterback to succeed in the NFL, never mind that there already were several successful black quarterbacks.
    Cough, I rest my case.

    June 3, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. big papa

    Limbaugh has finally come face to face with...

    ...his own mortality...

    ...yet STILL a snake he is...

    June 3, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. V. Clausewitz

    As a foreigner, I often wonder why all the liberals in America are so afraid of Mr Limbaugh?

    June 3, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Limbaugh must have an ulterior motive in mind here. He never backs down or off of a subject that gives him the publicity that he craves. I'll sit back and wait for the other shoe to drop!

    June 3, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Slider

    Gotta keep the proletariat riled up over this loser; right CNN?

    June 3, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. steve

    great, now us republicans have our very own john kerry.

    June 3, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. JR

    What annoys me even more than being forced to hear this pigfaced POS, is that he, in his arrogance, thinks that he has any say so over anything. His opinion is worth NOTHING .

    June 3, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. J.P.

    Limbaugh is so talented at this... he literally plays the media like a fiddle.

    June 3, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. Denise

    Why are there so many more rightwing nut radio hosts than there are liberal ones? Are they not qualified to do anything else? Is there a GED finishing school in some undisclosed location they go to to pass the muster? Why is it their listeners have so much time on their hands to listen to their programs during weekdays when everyone else is busy going about their daily lives? It would explain why so many of them are uneducated drug addicts or alcoholics.

    Most folks can make their own decisions based on reality. If they need professional advice, they go to a professional. Limbaugh would make even more millions if he had a show on Divorce, Donuts and Drugs, The Three D's....

    June 3, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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