Sotomayor refuses to take back ‘wise Latina’ comment, concedes they were bad idea

Sonia-SotomayorSotomayor refuses to renounce ‘wise Latina’ words

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has refused to renounce her comment that a “wise Latina” woman might be better positioned than a white man to make a wise court ruling.

But at the same time Wednesday, she said she “regrets” that her remark in a speech several years ago has been misconstrued by some people. Sotomayor was answering questions from Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, a former state judge and attorney general.

Sotomayor told Cornyn that “my words failed” because they have been taken by many to suggest she believes she’d be a superior judge because of her personal profile and life experiences.

But she also said that “I stand by the words.”

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