AUDIO: Cornyn says Limbaugh and Gingrich’s attacks on Sotomayor are ‘terrible.’

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) smiling about something.Soon after President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court, right-wing luminaries like Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh attacked her as a “racist.” But some Republican lawmakers are trying to distance themselves from that argument. On NPR’s All Things Considered yesterday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) called that attacks “terrible.” “Neither one of these men are elected Republican officials. I just don’t think it’s appropriate and I certainly don’t endorse it. I think it’s wrong,” said Cornyn. Listen here:

After criticizing Sotomayor for saying that her life experience affects how she approaches the law, Cornyn was stumped when confronted with Justice Samuel Alito’s statement that he takes his immigrant background “into account” on the bench. “I had not remembered that,” said Cornyn. “I think it is a fact that people do have different backgrounds, but I don’t think those backgrounds ought to determine what the law is.”