July 13th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Latino ad targets Limbaugh comments

(CNN) - As the Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, a Latino group is launching a radio ad in Florida highlighting Republican opposition to the first Hispanic nominee to the high court.

The ad, sponsored by Presente.org and Progressive Change Campaign Committee, features past remarks from conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh declaring Sotomayor a 'racist," and attacks Republican Rep. John Mica of the Florida's 7th Congressional District for not denouncing the remarks.

The group says the ads will target other key congressional districts in the future.

Full English translation of the ad:

Sonia Sotomayor is set to be the first Latina and Puerto Rican to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

It is a proud moment for our community, yet Republican leaders insist on attacking her.

That's Republican leader Rush Limbaugh calling Judge Sotomayor a racist and a bigot.
It's insulting to all Latinos and Americans.

We asked Republican John Mica if he would denounce Limbaugh's words.
His response? Silence.

Let's put a stop to the hate. Call Congressman Mica (R-Florida) today.

Filed under: Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Josh

    Way to go my Latina brothers and sisters.

    July 13, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Henry Miller

    I seldom agree with Limbaugh–for the most part, he's an authoritarian numbskull like the rest of the neo-cons, but Sotomayor is a racist and a bigot. There's no other possible interpretation of her willingness to screw white firemen and her comments that Hispanic women are smarter than everyone else.

    July 13, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    Sorry Latinos but all the republicans know how to do is hate and be divisive, your wasting your breath. They know nothing else.

    July 13, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Save America

    This country is in enough trouble without the likes of her in our high court.

    July 13, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Joe in NJ

    Despite what anyone might think, Limbaugh is not a Republican leader. You can't be a Republican leader if you're not an elected official.

    July 13, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Jeremiah

    Um, the context of what she said was that a wise Latino woman would know more than a white male on the bench. Is that not racist? Apparently that's ok to some folks. To me, it's stupidity at it's finest to say such a remark. Obviously neither gender nor race determines your mental capacity. Also did she not rule against the white firefighters in NY? Apparently again, it doesn't matter, because they were white. Welcome to the new America. You can make comments about white people, but not other ethnicities. Wow, racism at its finest.

    July 13, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. maria

    As a female Latina who is watching Sessions open the Sotomayor hearings, I cannot see how the GOP will be getting any Hispanic OR Female votes in any election from here on out. His comments were laced with bigoted remarks. Then at the end he said "I'm proud of you judge Sotomayor" ???????

    Did he think the electorate wouldn't notice?

    July 13, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Michael Foster

    Judge Sotomayor seems to be well-qualified for the Court and I praise President Obama for his choice of her. The fact that she is a woman and a Latina just adds luster to her caandidacy– I am excited about her becoming a member of the Court.

    July 13, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Shawnee Britsbart

    Excuse me!!! The hate is coming from the left who think it is okay for Sotomayer to believe because she is a Latino, her thinking is superior to others - the worst kind of racism.

    July 13, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. Susan

    Last time I heard this is a country where you are allowed free speech! Not everyone thinks she would be a good pick for the Supreme Court and they are entitled to express their opinion whether or not you like it. I am sure most people would like to be able to express their opinion without fear of being ridiculed because it may be different.

    July 13, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Putting a stop to hate

    Sonia Sotomayor could stop making racist comments...

    July 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Edgy DC

    That's a pretty cheap and hugely misleading ad.

    July 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Demo Joe

    Bully for you guys. Lets all ban together and get rid of RUSH once and for all. I hate his guts. He is a hateful person. I guess he has no one to love or love him. He has decided to make the world hate so he can feel powerful. More people could get along in this world if it were not for the hatefill demons like him.

    July 13, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Raul Osuna

    Rush has nothing to say about racism. He is one of the most racist conservative I have seen. We need a different view in the Supreme Court. This is why we elected a man who does not fit the standard pattern of past presidents.. So what if her is black and she is Latina. Have you stopped and think that progress has been made in this country due to to people like them who are not afraid to bring a little change even if it involved going against our constitution. Be it known that our constitution is not fair for all. "all men are created equal" that is one of the most ridiculous things because we are not treated equal in any way or form. But back to Sotomayor, I think she is a great candidate, and I wish her the best. Rush needs to get his fact straight! If he has never been victim of discrimination then he has nothing to say!
    Fresno, Ca

    July 13, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Vyker


    I am not a fan of Rush, and I feel at times he can be over-bearing, but if I don't want to listen to him I change the radio station.

    Rush Limbaugh is not a republican leader, he is a talk show host. A majority of his views are twisted so the liberal's can go 'AH-ha', and blast everyone who does not have a liberal view as being a Rush-clone.

    Yes...he had a problem with prescription drugs, got help, talks about it, and is remorseful. I am sure some comments on the topic above will talk ill of his past problem.

    But he raises a point, if words were changed in Supreme Court nominee's infamous qoute and the candidate was white...the media would be in a uproar.

    Rush as a republican leader....yep...about as muchas Micheal Moore is a Democrat leader.

    July 13, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Vern

    It's about time we do something about these hateful people who are mainly republicans who want to keep world leaders old white men.

    July 13, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Mary

    Sotomayer started her own discrimination with the fire fighters - it's tough to live and die by the same sword.

    July 13, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Kelby In Houston, TX

    "That's Republican leader Rush Limbaugh calling Judge Sotomayor a racist and a bigot.It's insulting to all Latinos and Americans."
    Ya see! Everybody knows who the de facto leader of the Republican Party is!
    "We asked Republican John Mica if he would denounce Limbaugh's words.His response? Silence."
    John Mica would not dare oppose the true leader of the Republican party. John Mica follows Rush Limbaugh, even if it makes him look spineless and weak.
    And I really do have to apologize to the Latino community. Had any other president, other than Obama nominated her, I sincerely doubt that these people would be attacking her like this.
    However, I believe that she will be confirmed with little difficulty and she will be a great justice on the SCOTUS.

    July 13, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. Dont confirm this woman

    I can't understand why minorities are not offended by affirmative action– its rooted in the assumption that minorities can't succeed on their own. How very demeaning! That is racism straight up.

    July 13, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Does it matter what this guy says? Limbaugh isn't in the Senate who confirms nominees. So John Mica doesn't really matter in this case either. They could have saved their money on this one!

    July 13, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. Old Farmboy

    It amazes me that the spokesperson for the latino community believes that Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican Party. Sure, lots of folks on here blow off steam and criticize the Republican Party everytime Rush says something, but you really should stop doing that. This article is proof. People actually believe it. Poor little fellow can't research for himself and learn that Rush Limbaugh is not the leader of his party. He just goes by what the bloggers say. Pitty.

    July 13, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. GI Joe

    Our country, over the last few years, has returned to hate-mongering the likes of which we cannot tolerate.

    Blacks, Women, Hispanics, etc., are especially targeted by Good Ole Boys that want to "protect" their own.

    It's sad, and unless things change I believe violence follows.

    July 13, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Republicans are the American Taliban

    The Latino and Hispanic community needs to stop purchasing products made by the sponsors of Rush " Tokyo Rose " Limbaugh.

    July 13, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. readyandpacked

    She is a racist....perhaps she should do as Congressman Mica has done and .... be silent if she doesn't want to reveal anymore of her core beliefs.

    July 13, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Reality

    Rush Limbaugh is not a Republcan party leader! He is a citizen with a very strong opinion! Should every Congressman be required to denounce every person that has a strong opinion. Concentrate on officials not radio entertainers.

    July 13, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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