Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Friday that he wonders whether the Supreme Court nominee testifying this week in the U.S. Senate will follow the same ideology once she becomes a Supreme Court justice.
Gingrich, speaking at a news conference before a speech in Atlanta at the American Legislative Exchange Council, said that the nominee Sonia Sotomayor will surely be confirmed by the full Senate following here testimony to the Judiciary Committee this week. But Gingrich said he questions whether Sotomayor has been honest with the committee.
“The person who has testified this week is dramatically more moderate than the person who gave those speeches,” Gingrich said from a suite at the Hyatt Regency, referring to the time that Sotomayor now famously quipped that a “wise Latina” might make better decisions in some cases than a white man. “I think she will be approved by the Senate. It will be interesting to see which person ends up as judge.”
If, Gingrich said, Sotomayor votes “as a justice the way she has testified then conservatives won’t have very much to complain about. If she gets acceptance by fundamentally misleading the Senate, then I think you’ll have a very different situation.”
The loquacious Georgian also touched on other topics:
“We have so many economic problems right now and so many national security problems right now that nobody should spend much effort thinking about 2012,” he said. “They should be thinking about 2009.”
“We will bankrupt this country and we will have a generation unemployed,” he said.