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Sotomayor hearings: In other words, goose bumps

July 15, 2009 |  8:20 am

Whitehouse Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island Democrat, told Judge Sotomayor that when he was talking with friends in Providence about her nomination, he said it gave him “goose bumps to think about the path that has brought you here today.” His friends insisted that he tell Sotomayor that, said Whitehouse, but they also made him promise he’d say it in Spanish.

“They said, ‘You can’t say ‘goose bumps,’ you have to say ‘piel de gallina.’ And so I promised them that I would.”

The nominee, whose first language is Spanish, laughed. (Piel de gallina, literally, means “chicken skin.”)

-- Robin Abcarian

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Photo: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, shown at Monday's hearing. Credit: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

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