Transcript: Sens. Chuck Schumer and John Cornyn

John Cornyn and Sen. Chuck Schumer

ABC'S "THIS WEEK WITH GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS"

MAY 31, 2009

SPEAKERS: GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST

SEN. JOHN CORNYN, R-TEXAS

SEN. CHARLES E. SCHUMER, D-N.Y.

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STEPHANOPOULOS (voice-over): Good morning and welcome to THIS WEEK.

Supreme Court history.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: What you've shown is that no dream is beyond reach in the United States of America.

STEPHANOPOULOS: President Obama nominates the first Hispanic justice.

JUDGE SONIA SOTOMAYOR, SUPREME COURT NOMINEE: I am an ordinary person who has been blessed.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And the confirmation battle begins.

RUSH LIMBAUGH, HOST, "THE RUSH LIMBAUGH SHOW": She's a bigot. She's a racist.

OBAMA: She is fair, unbiased, and dedicated to the rule of law.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Should Judge Sotomayor be confirmed? What kind of justice will she be? That debate this morning with Democrat Chuck Schumer, the judge's guide through the Senate. And the Republican Senate campaign chair, John Cornyn of Texas.

Then, GM becomes "Government Motors." But is that good for America? That, the Sotomayor fight and the rest of the week's politics on a special expanded roundtable with George Will, Jan Crawford Greenburg, Gwen Ifill of PBS, Paul Krugman of The New York Times, and Bush White House veteran, Ed Gillespie. And as always, the "Sunday Funnies."

JAY LENO, HOST, "THE TONIGHT SHOW": If confirmed, she would be the country's first Hispanic judge. In fact, her first order of business, deporting Lou Dobbs. That's what she said today.

(LAUGHTER)

ANNOUNCER: From the heart of the nation's capital, THIS WEEK with ABC News chief Washington correspondent, George Stephanopoulos, live from the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: Hello again. The political spin cycles twirl faster than ever these days. It has been less than a week since President Obama made his choice for the Supreme Court, but it seems like Judge Sonia Sotomayor has already had public hearings.

Of course, the official proceedings are coming up. And for a preview of that debate, we're joined this morning by two key members of the Judiciary Committee, Republican John Cornyn of Texas, and Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York.

And, gentlemen, welcome to both of you. Let me begin by putting up the words that have caused so much controversy already this week from Judge Sotomayor, from a 2001 law review article where she says: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

And, Senator Schumer, we saw Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich call it racist, but even President Obama said it was a poor choice of words. You're going to be guiding Judge Sotomayor through this process. How is she going to explain that statement to senators when she meets with them this week?

SCHUMER: Well, I think the first thing she'll say is read the whole speech, which was then published in a law review article. And she makes it clear that while, of course, people's personal experiences guide them, rule of law comes first.

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