Closing Arguments: Newt vs. Rush on Sotomayor

By David Schoetz

Jun 3, 2009 11:12pm

Both former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich and conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh called Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor a "racist" last week for remarks she made in 2001. Sotomayor said she hoped a wise Latina woman who reach a better conclusion than a white male.  Today, Gingrich said he should not have used the word "racist" in referring to Judge Sotomayor.  And that earned him a tongue-lashing from Limbaugh, who said he's standing by the "racist" label. So tonight, we ask: What do you think of the statement? And is this Newt Gingrich vs. Rush Limbaugh squabble evidence of a more serious rift within the GOP party? Tell us what you think. And you can follow "Nightline" anytime on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Nightline.

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