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Ben Nelson: Sotomayor's "Wise Latina" Speech Troubling

6:16 PM, Jun 4, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb) told the Omaha World-Herald that Sotomayor's remarks that a "wise Latina" would have superior ability to judge than white men

"What I want to do is have her explain to me what she meant by that and give her an opportunity to satisfy me that she doesn't intend to take an agenda to the bench,' Nelson said. He said he's never had a litmus test for judges, including those he appointed as Nebraska's governor. ‘My true test is whether . . . they want to be a legislator or a judge, and if I think they want to be a legislator then I'm not going to be supportive,' he said."