May 31, 2009

On CBS's Face the Nation when asked if Republicans should stop calling Sonia Sotomayor a racist Kyl responds with this:

Kyl: I don't know of Republicans in the Senate who have ever called her a racist and by the way....

Schieffer: I said Republicans, not Republicans in the Senate.

Kyl: Yeah. Well our job, I hope our job is a little like we're insisting for the judges and that is we look at the facts, we examine the situation, and then we make our decision.

[....]

Schieffer: Let me clear up just one thing. You do not think she's a racist do you Senator Kyl or do you?

Kyl: Bob I, I'm not going to get drawn into characterizations before I've even met her. I'll be meeting her on Tuesday. I intend to review very carefully, I actually practiced before the Supreme Court, I enjoy reading opinions, and I'm going to read as many of her opinions and look at the decisions that she's made before I make any pronouncements. I think that's what we're asking her to do as a judge when she approaches cases and I think she would want us to approach our consideration of her nomination in the same fashion.

Apparently Kyl is more afraid of speaking out against the extremists out there like Limbaugh, Tancredo and Gingrich than alienating Hispanic voters.

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