July 16th, 2009
11:36 AM ET
13 years ago

GOP senator to Sotomayor: your speeches 'bug the hell out of me'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/16/art.grahamsoto0716.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Lindsey Graham told Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor that some of the things she has said 'have bugged the hell out of me.'"]WASHINGTON (CNN) - A GOP senator told Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor Thursday some of her speeches "bug the hell out of me" but conceded most of her rulings were "generally mainstream."

The expression of frustration followed by renewed questions aimed at getting Sotomayor to reveal more about her personal views was again the hallmark of Republican questioning in the fourth day of Sotomayor's confirmation hearings.

"You've said some things that have bugged the hell out of me," said South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham.

"Your speeches are disturbing, particularly to conservatives. ... Those speeches to me suggested gender and racial affiliations in a way that a lot of us wonder, will you take that line of thinking to the Supreme Court in these cases of first precedent."

But, Graham also said, "to be honest with you, your record as a judge has not been radical by any means. ... You have, I think, consistently, as an advocate, took a point of view that was left of center. You have, as a judge, been generally in the mainstream."

Graham honed in once again on Sotomayor's controversial statement that a "wise Latina" could reach a better decision than a white man.

Asked what she would say to people offended by her remarks, Sotomayor said that she regrets that she has "offended some people. I believe that my life demonstrates that that was not my intent to leave the impression that some have taken from my words."

Filed under: Lindsey Graham • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
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  1. Sam

    Jon in CA,

    Can you speak any other language with authority, like Sotomayor?? She grew up/raised by hispanic parents.
    If no, please keep quiet if you can't appreciate her intelligence/experience..

    July 16, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. andrewstl

    lindsey who cares it does not matter what you think or if it bugs the hell out of you. the gop appears to bug the hell out of most americans you lackey

    July 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. NC

    Lindsey Graham, you bug the Hell out of me. As we say in NC, you represent a backwards state. Stop spending so much time with John McCain and help your state. Maybe they will quit coming to NC for jobs and free health care.

    July 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Luke Brown

    Hey GOP, if your plan was to embarrass Obama or Judge Sotomayor during these hearings, you've blown it.

    You have given her a huge opportunity to show people why she is a great choice for the Court, and you have reminded Americans why you have no business being in power .. and how your party screwed up this country over the past eight years.

    I can hardly wait until November 2010 when I can vote AGAINST every Republican on the ballot!

    PS ... instead of reading off your staff's talking points, why don't you actually read her opinions for yourselves?

    July 16, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Kurt

    Your hick accent bugs the hell out me Senator.

    July 16, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Hawaii gal

    Who cares what Lidnsey Graham thinks? The guy is a loser, racist, bigot, idiot.

    July 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. RUTY

    Lindsey Graham is a perfect horses butt. I wonder no more why he isn't married. HE bugs the hell out of me.

    July 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. brett

    The GOP has succeeded in making itself known as the Bigoted Party of No.

    Lindsey didn't help anyone out here – definitely not himself.

    July 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Mike

    Sotomayer's comments bug the hell out of Lindsey Graham. Wow, and the comments of Sarah Palin do what? She was running for the second highest office in the country and couldn't get out of her own way when speaking.

    July 16, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. What Can U Say?

    Welcome to the 21st century Senator, where old white men don't always rule with oppression and cruel, stupid remarks.

    How is this guy still in office?

    July 16, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. videodrome

    Fair is Fair July 16th, 2009 12:38 pm ET

    notfooledtx called the senator a "closet queen".

    No one from the GLBT "community" going to take exception to such a lable?

    "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"
    Who knows how many dresses Graham owns.
    Only the shadow knows......

    I wish they would get this confirmation over with and stop wasting the taxpayers $$$$.

    July 16, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Michael in Ventura,CA

    The fact that Graham is still in the Senate "bugs the hell out of me"!

    July 16, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Shay

    I agree with Sonia Sotomayor in regards to her " a wise Latina woman" speech!

    It's interesting that the Republicans as racist as they are have a problem with Ms. Sotomayor.

    The Republicans are a sad bunch of people.

    July 16, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Luke Brown

    Graham thinks Mark Sanford should stay on as Governor of South Carolina but he is not sure Sotomayor should be on the Supreme Court!

    Get real.

    July 16, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Dave the truth-teller (Alias White-trash)

    A very good / living example.

    July 16, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. John

    If that's all the GOP has against her, then why are we having a a confirmation hearing? Just vote her into the supreme court, she obviously knows what she is talking about and she's not a terrorist (unlike some "justices" . . . John Roberts)!

    July 16, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Shay

    I would not want a Lindsey Graham or his buddy Sessions representing my state.

    July 16, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Carlos L. Harrisburg PA

    I have 3 words for him..( Wise Latina Woman ) Get over it.

    July 16, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Obama 2.0

    What bugs the hell out of you home-boy is that McCain lost and that means you lost and now you have to have a come-to-Jesus meeting on the facts that Obama won and the GOP is out for 30+ years. But take it out on the lady, you "Southern Gent "you, HA!

    July 16, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Patty

    ERIC, VIDEO, LUKE...you three must have been one of the black applicants for the fire fighter jobs...CLUELESS. First of all those "white men" didn't make a blatant racist statement either. Imagine if they had said white men can make better decisions than a black women or latina women. If they had there would have been no end to the minorities lining up to sue because they were discriminated against. Blah blah blah. Getting so old. She started this mess so she needs to answer for her racist opinion. I say let's do away with the NAACP, EEOC, Affirmative Action and all of the other minority protection groups that really just discriminate against white people and whoever passes the test gets the job...imagine that, actually having to get by on skills and qualifications rather than your minoroity status. Yee ha...there would be a mass exodus to the borders to get out of the US. Do you even get the destinction or are you just ignorant?

    July 16, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. videodrome

    Dave, the truth teller, you complain about people calling others names.

    But you do the SAME thing yourself.

    There is NO truth in your complaints when you are just as guilty as the ones you point a finger at.

    July 16, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    Republicans are not as far from the mainstream as President Obama is and will more likely VOTE for Sotomayor instead of voting NO like Obama did on Alito and Roberts comfimation haerings. If they do it is because they followed Obama's example and voted no because they did not agree with her "judicial philosophy".

    July 16, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Really?

    To Dave, the truth teller:

    You left out the "powder-faced monkeys" . It is these who are becoming no more.

    July 16, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Kate David

    Common guys, why engage in lost battle? Can we get on with more pressing matters? She is more qualified than all you GOPs put together.
    Is politics on the table; ofcourse.
    Go ye back to your party and pick up your bits and pieces instead of chasing shadows.

    July 16, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Dave

    Lindsay.. you have to ask yourself: Would I rather disagree with what she says, or how she rules? It sounds like what she does matters more than those speeches... but that is your vote to cast.

    July 16, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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