Senate GOP Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.) got Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor to repeat an apology she offered at this morning's confirmation hearing, backtracking on a controversial 2001 remark that appeared to suggest that a "wise Latina" would have a superior judicial mindset than a white man.

Pressing Sotomayor closely as expected, Kyl read aloud from Sotomayor's speeches, suggesting directly that they suggest a clear bias in favor of minorities.

The nominee repeated her regret of the comment, but not until after noting that the concept of experience is valued throughout society, from the American Bar Association to the Senate's own committee structure.

"Life experiences enrich the legal system," she said. "I was talking about the value that life experiences have...The words I chose, taking the rhetorical flourish, were a bad idea. I understand why some read this differently."

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--J. Taylor Rushing