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A media availability with Mitch McConnell and Sonia Sotomayor turns awkward

Published June 2, 2009 9:50PM (EDT)

Judge Sonia Sotomayor was on Capitol Hill Tuesday, meeting with Senate leaders as she prepares for her confirmation hearings. After a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the two held a joint media availability. It didn't exactly go off without a hitch:

MCCONNELL: It's my pleasure to welcome the judge here to my office for our first meeting. And we're going to have an opportunity to discuss some of the issues that have arisen and the process for going forward with the nomination.

Again, I want to congratulate you on your nomination.

SOTOMAYOR: Thank you, sir.

MCCONNELL: Quite an accomplishment. And thank you very much for coming by to see me.

Thanks, everyone.

QUESTION: Judge Sotomayor, what do you think of the fact that two prominent conservatives have called you a racist?

STAFF: Thank you very much, everybody.



By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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