July 14th, 2009
05:21 PM ET
12 years ago

Graham: 'wise Latina' remarks reveal double standard

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A key Republican senator asserted Tuesday that a political double standard has been at play in the handling of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's controversial assertion that a Latina judge would "more often than not" be superior to a while male judge.

"If I had said anything like that, and my reasoning was I was trying to inspire somebody, (political opponents) would have had my head," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina.

Graham made his remarks during the second day of the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination.

Graham was referencing a speech made by Sotomayor in 2001 at the University of California, Berkeley, in which she said, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

Sotomayor has indicated that she made the remark, in part, to help provide encouragement to minority law students.

Graham, who is white, argued that if he ran for office against a candidate who was a member of a racial minority and trumpeted the value of his racial or ethnic background "it would make national news and it should."

Sotomayor hinted that her remarks had been taken out of context.

"I would hope we've come (to the point) in America," she said, where such a remark could be considered "in the context of a person's life."

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Peoples Voice

    Hey Lindsey... meet me over at camera three.

    As soon as your state takes down the Confederate flag that hangs in front of your capitol building, I'll believe you are against racism. In the mean time stop acting the fool.

    July 14, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. Turgic

    You represent a racist party Senator that is going to pay for you're injustices. We hear and see what you are doing and you as a closet gay should know better.

    July 14, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. Stan

    Another Republican nay sayer who has done nothing but whine for the last 5 months. No value to his remarks.

    July 14, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. Wise white guy

    You know I think it's time that we let that quote die.I mean it was 8 years ago!

    July 14, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |