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SPIN METER: Blue-collar Latina or wealthy elite? Answer carefully

Published 05/29/2009, Associated Press

The White House portrays Sonia Sotomayor as a living image of the American dream, though its telling of the rags-to-riches story emphasizes the rags, a more politically appealing narrative, and plays down the riches. Branding a complex person in a simplistic way can backfire in the highly charged environment surrounding her coming Senate hearing as Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

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