Gingrich Backtracks on Sotomayor - In Part

ABC News' Rick Klein reports: The former House speaker’s latest newsletter for Human Events concedes that he should not have called Judge Sotomayor a “racist.”

“With these critics who want to have an honest conversation, I agree. The word 'racist' should not have been applied to Judge Sotomayor as a person, even if her words themselves are unacceptable (a fact which both President Obama and his Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, have since admitted),” he writes.

And while he’s hardly offering support for her nomination to the Supreme Court, he acknowledges: “In fairness to the judge, many of her rulings as a court of appeals judge do not match the radicalism of her speeches and statements. She has shown more caution and moderation in her rulings than in her words.”

“So the question we need to ask ourselves in considering Judge Sotomayor's confirmation is this: Which judge will show up on the Supreme Court, the radical from her speeches or the convention liberal from her rulings?”

Last week, Gingrich blasted Obama's Supreme Court nominee on his Twitter page, writing: "Imagine a judicial nominee said 'my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman' new racism is no better than old racism."

"White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw."

No GOP senators have joined his labeling of her as a racist, or Gingrich's call for her to withdraw her nomination.

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