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Cornyn: Gingrich And Limbaugh Statements On Sotomayor Are 'Inappropriate' And 'Wrong'

"Neither one of these men are elected Republican officials [and] I just don't think it's appropriate and I certainly don't endorse it. I think it's wrong."

You can listen to the entire interview here.

Of course, any time a Republican official says anything unflattering about Rush, it's worth asking a couple questions: Will he apologize for it? And how long will he wait?

Interestingly, on the question of Sotomayor's insistence that her background influences her thinking on the bench, host Melissa Block asked Cornyn if conservatives were holding the new nominee to a double standard. After all, at his confirmation hearings in 2005, Justice Samuel Alito said similar things about his own upbringing. Here's how Cornyn responded.

Well, that's a fair point, and I had not remembered that. I mean, we're all a product of our upbringing and who we are. And I think it is a fact that people do have different backgrounds, but I don't think those backgrounds ought to determine what the law is.

We'll have more for you on Alito later today. In the meantime, remember this if you're in front of the squawk box later today and you're wondering what all the fuss it's about. It's about a lot of things--but not Sonia Sotomayor.

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