Debate Continues over Sotomayor's Impartiality

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Republicans are offering mixed signals on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and talk-show host Rush Limbaugh are calling her racist. 

But leading GOP Senators were more subtle in their criticism of her on the Sunday talk shows.

Texas Senator John Cornyn appeared with New York Sen. Charles Schumer on ABC's This Week.

"She has been on the bench 17 years," he said.  "More federal experience than -- more federal judicial experience than any judge in a hundred years. And what has been clear throughout her judicial experience is that she puts rule of law first." 

Show host George Stephanopolous then asked Sen. Cornyn, "What's your reaction to that?" 

Well of course, George, the concern is that above the Supreme Court it says "equal Justice under law," Cornyn replied.  "And it shouldn't make any difference what your ethnicity is, what your sex is, or the like."

President Obama says he wants Sotomayor confirmed by the end of summer.

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