June 28th, 2010
11:43 AM ET
4 years ago

Kagan: I will listen hard, work hard

(CNN) - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will tell members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday that "we come closest to getting things right when we approach every person and every issue with an open mind," according to excerpts of her opening statement released by the White House.

"I will make no pledges this week other than this one - that if confirmed, I will remember and abide by all these lessons. I will listen hard, to every party before the Court and to each of my colleagues. I will work hard. And I will do my best to consider every case impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle, and in accordance with law."


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  1. unshrub

    republicans could care less about her qualifications. All they want to do is to hurt Obama. That's all they ever want to do. They don't care about the US, they care about getting another President elected.

    June 28, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Turnabout is Fair Play

    That's all we can ask of you soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Kagan. Ignore the arrogant, ignorant, windbags of pomposity and hatefulness known as the so-called "republican party", they will try to trip you up but it won't work. All they're interested in is attempting to score political points with idiotic grandstanding. Godspeed and see you in the Supreme Court next to Sotomeyer.

    June 28, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Kinda reminds me of when Obozo said "no new middle class taxes" during the campaign and then signs the SCHIP bill as his first bill, or the his pledge that the Obozocare bill would not cost "one dime more" (see the latest GAO report of how many more billions of dimes it will cost). These corrupt, inept union toadies will say anything to get in office, won't they.

    June 28, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. snow

    But the real question is, will she adhere to the Constitution. Nothing else matters for a Supreme Court Justice.

    June 28, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Benevolent-DICTATOR

    "I will make no pledges this week other than this one – that if confirmed, I will remember and abide by all these lessons. I will listen hard, to every party before the Court and to each of my colleagues. I will work hard. And I will do my best to consider every case impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle, and in accordance with law."

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    And then vote in lockstep with the other court liberals to further demolish individuals rights under the Constitution. Funny how that insignificant word CONSTITUTION doesn't get a mention in her statement! She should be REJECTED.

    June 28, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    All we need! Another left-wing liberal activist! Considering Kagan's age, we can expect her presence there for the next 40 years!

    June 28, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are just big CEOs who show up in Washington in their $1000 suits, shoes, ties and manicured nails to vote NO, collect a paycheck, leave for lunch to wine and dine themselves. That pretty much sums up what Republicans do in Washington.

    June 28, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. doug

    "republicans could care less about her qualifications. All they want to do is to hurt Obama."

    Yup they want to hurt him as seen in that movie they made about him being shot....oh wait, that was the ever so tolerant left and a chorus of almost every Democrat coast to coast wanting Bush to die, my bad.

    June 28, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. desertique

    Supreme court justices don't vote, they adjudicate Obama impersonator. I think she will make a fine justice and her personality is good for working well with others.

    June 28, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. kat

    If bozo picked her, she can't be good.

    June 28, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. J-STIZZLE ( OAKLAND , CALIF. )

    After reading , over the weekend , that several civil rights groups have
    some reservations about Elena Kagan because of some positions
    she has taken .... I'm now a little worried. Maybe she isn't as liberal as
    I had hoped. Barack has got to learn that he dosen't have to please
    everybody. Stop taking the "middle" road. The Bush boys didn't. And they could have cared less who agreed with them. This Supreme
    Court nomination could end up backfiring on the left. She may well be
    a neo-conservative in disquise.

    June 28, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Rush Limbaugh marries ambulance chaser,and were still laughing

    She will be confirmed and do a great job.Grit those teeth TCM and the rest of you rightwing loons.hahaha

    June 28, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. marcia

    She will listen hard and work hard as long as she agrees with it.

    June 28, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Steve (the real one)

    A liberal replacing a liberal. That makes it no different from the status on the court today!

    June 28, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. David G.

    I notice that she never says in her statement that she will "uphold the constitution." The law in her mind would no doubt be way different than the intent and thoughts of the Founders. Every person sworn into office declares that they will DEFEND the Constitution. Why has this woman not even mentioned one thing about it? Very scary indeed.

    June 28, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. Ann

    she will listen hard to Obama and will work for him... this woman was too much involved in politics to be a fair judge.

    June 28, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Chipster

    Republicans don't care about her credentials, just her Party affiliation. None of them objected to the hard right-wing Alito, Roberts or Thomas! Their supporters demand complete religious control of the Supreme Court and, if they can, a Theocracy led by the American Taliban. It's up to the American people whether or not they will allow it.

    June 28, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. AK Steve

    The GOP is threatening to filibuster her nomination.

    Anyone remember how much the GOP whined and cried about the possibility of the DEMS filibustering their nominee? You would have thought the DEMS were succeeding from the union with all the hype and fuss the GOP made over it.

    NOW they talk about doing the very same thing themselves. Funny how when they do it, it is OK, but when the DEMs do it, it is unpatriotic and bad for the country.

    What a bunch of hypocrites! They really must think the American people are a bunch of idiots... (at least the ones that vote for them are).

    June 28, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. wisest one of all

    Kagan is just like Barry Zero. No qualifications at all for the job. That is why the democraps like her.

    June 28, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Thomas

    These hearings are a waste of time. No prospective justice will ever commit themselves on any issue during the hearing; nor should they.

    The Senators will keep asking "how will you vote on xxx issue"
    and the prospective justice will answer "I won't answer that".

    And more time is wasted.

    June 28, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Dude

    "in accordance with law?????"

    How about in accordance with the constitution?

    Here we go again – hiring a non-qualified twit for a senior position. America never learns.

    June 28, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. ehwilson429

    listen to who? maybe her brother Irving? the WH will not allows Irving to speak with the media.

    is that known as a news blackout?

    June 28, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. andy

    Kagan, a dangerous liberal destined to be an Obama puppet.

    June 28, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. KH

    As long as she doesn't appoint dubbya to the presidency (like the supreme court did in 2000) she has my support.

    June 28, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Natch

    Amazing, these picks that Obama makes for SCOTUS. One is of questionable judicial quality (remember, she had more than one of her judicial decisions overturned by the Supreme Court??), and now this one hasn't even had any judicial experience!

    What's next? Shall we put Barney the dinosaur up for a seat on the court?? He'd at least be as qualified as this dame!!

    June 28, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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