May 10th, 2010
10:44 AM ET
5 years ago

I don't feel bound by past vote in Kagan's favor, Hatch says

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a former chair and current member of the Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following statement:

“Now that the President has nominated Elena Kagan to replace Justice Stevens, the Senate must thoroughly and fairly evaluate her qualifications to be a Supreme Court Justice. Judicial qualifications go beyond legal experience; any Supreme Court nominee should have an impressive resume. The more important qualification is judicial philosophy and a nominee’s understanding of the power and proper role of a Justice in our system of government.

“I will examine Ms. Kagan’s entire record to understand her judicial philosophy. My conclusion will be based on evidence, not blind faith. Her previous confirmation, and my support for her in that position, do not by themselves establish either her qualifications for the Supreme Court or my obligation to support her. I have an open mind and look forward to actively participating in the confirmation process.”


Filed under: Elena Kagan • Orrin Hatch • Senate • Supreme Court
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Just Vote No

    A resounding no vote would be nice.

    May 10, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. j

    I`ll give the GOP leadership credit for being able to stamp out and kill off individualism. Hatch is now saying he will look at all the facts, etc., objectively before voting -- NO !!!

    May 10, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. kmp

    What a hypocrite you and your fellow Republicans are Mr. Hatch. I voted for her because it was a temporary position but now I will most likely vote no because it is a Supreme Court nomination.

    May 10, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Few republicans will vote in favor of Ms Kagan...

    May 10, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Wisconsinite

    Already getting you reason to obstruct set up aren't you, Hatch? Right. The last time you supported her it was before your party decided to sell America out in the name of party politics!

    May 10, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Illinois 2

    Few republicans will vote in favor of Ms Kagan...

    May 10, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. My Brother's Keeper

    I hope that the President has an uber-LIBERAL waiting in the wings.

    May 10, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Lets expose Rush Limbaughs staff.

    Sit on it Hatch,you lost all credibility a long time ago.

    May 10, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Ben in Texas

    Oh yes, Senator Hatch. A SCOTUS appointee should have a proper judicial philosophy. That's why you bunch of nitwits should never have voted for Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito, and Kennedy, who think that a foreign corporation has the same rights as a citizen of the U.S. to participate in national elections.

    We all know you will vote against her because she is progressive and was appointed by Obama. Your comments about fairness are lies.

    May 10, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. BillE

    Hmmmmmmmm, I wonder what he will say? Let me guess, NO NO NO.

    May 10, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. A Winning Game Plan

    Why is an "understanding of the power" of a justice a requirement?

    What the hell does that have to do with applying the Constitution?

    May 10, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. gary

    This is Hatch....of course he'll grandstand and give her a hard time, regardless of his previous vote. Would we expect anything else of him?

    May 10, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. A keen observer

    Hatch and other republicans are only interested in judicial philosophy when the nominee is a Democrat. These demagogues should shut up and do their jobs.

    May 10, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. VAVoter

    Duh Republicans....Of course she should be evaluated and closely scrutinized. The problem comes in when Republicans pander to the right wing by trying to play "stump the dummy" or waste valuable time with other irrelevant comments and questions. Keep your evaluations to the relevant and refrain from 'stretching' trying to make connections where there are none and we should all do well.

    May 10, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Hatch and the GOP quickly cast a vote for Palin who was a heatbeat away from the presidency and never once mentioned any qualifications and maybe because they knew she had none.

    May 10, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. John in Binghamton NY

    Yes, Hatch is a know hypocrite. He was for the health care bill when the GOP proposed it as an alternative to Clinton's plan before he was against it when Democrats proposed it. Why does this guy still hold office?

    May 10, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. brady lawson

    We all know fully well that Sen. Hatch R-Utah will oppose the nomination of Kagen. " Her previous confirmation, and my support for her in that position, do not by themselves establish either her qualifications for the Supreme Court or my obligation to support her ".Career politicians like Sen. Hatch needs to go, hopefully he and Bob Bennett have plenty of golf tee times set up!

    May 10, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |