June 29th, 2010
12:49 PM ET
4 years ago

Kagan: I've only cried once during process

 Kagan said Tuesday she did break down during one part of the confirmation process.
Kagan said Tuesday she did break down during one part of the confirmation process.

(CNN) – Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has largely remained stoic during her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but the potential top court justice said Tuesday she did break down during one part of the confirmation process.

Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy read Kagan an op-ed from former Harvard Law graduate and Marine Captain Robert Merrill in which he praises Kagan's controversial dealings with the military when she served as dean at Harvard.

"Senator Leahy that was... this has been a sort of long process, this process and sometimes an arduous one," said Kagan. "I've only cried once during this process and I cried when I woke up one morning and I read that op-ed from Captain Merrill. It meant just an enormous amount to me. He is a magnificent man doing great things for our country and his praise meant more to me than anybody's."

In the op-ed, Merrill writes, "if Elena Kagan is anti-military she certainly didn't show it. She treated the veterans at Harvard like VIPs. She was a fervent advocate of our veterans association."

Kagan has faced fire for her attempts to block military recruiting from the Harvard Law School campus because of her opposition to the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy.


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  1. independent

    Approve the nomination and deal with America's problems.

    June 29, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Stacie

    I like this woman more and more every day.

    June 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Benevolent-DICTATOR

    This is all such a FARCE! This woman has ZERO experience and has been a political HACK all her life. She shouldn't be within 100 miles of the USSC.

    She is lieing just like Sotomayer LIED to get appointed. Sotomayer said she supported the 2nd amendment and then first chance she got, she voted to DENY AMERICANS THEIR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. This lying leftist WILL do the very same.

    She'll vote just like Stevens to take personal property away from individuals to give to rich developers just so the goverment can steal more taxes. Filibuster ANYBODY Obozo sends up. They are leftists through and through.

    June 29, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm with you Kagan. I wish you the best of luck during this process. You'll bring 'freshness' to the SC. You deserve to serve. Godspeed.

    June 29, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. HD 100% ETH

    I don't know, wheather she got...somethings that will come-up after her nomination.
    Now, this...is me, but after...that wasn't me.

    June 29, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. in Cali

    Smart, strong, brave...an incredible record of service to our country. We need more people like Kagan in charge. Too bad she's not running for president instead.

    June 29, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. funcitygal

    While a woman crying can be seen as a sign of weakness, I believe it is also a sign of strength.

    If we were dealing with a man here would we discuss if he has or has not cried?

    -Renee'

    June 29, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Pete

    Don't confuse the Republicans with the facts. They prefer their delusions and prejudices about Kagan.

    June 29, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Someone who is actually in the military saying that Kagan is not anti-military is certainly inconvenient for the Republicans.

    June 29, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. kewfly

    just approve her already and move on!

    June 29, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. John from Massapeuqa NY

    If anyone believes this was genuine I have a bridge t sell you.

    June 29, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Sarah, the baby seal basher

    Shes great.She sticks in the rights throat like a chicken bone,I hope she has a twin sister to take the next opening on the court.

    June 29, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. RCLGuard

    If blocking military recruiting from the Harvard campus because of her stance on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is her biggest fault – the woman is a saint.

    June 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "The very last thing this nation, still in recession, needs is a cap and tax energy bill. Even the president said it would lead to much more expensive energy costs."

    No he didn't...in fact, MIT scientists (I know they scare you GOPers/conservatives, but they have knowledge...something you lack)even proved that it is likely to cost the average family only approximately $340 per year more for their energy/utilities. Then Boehner cited the study and claimed it said 10 times that amount and earned himself a letter from MIT rebuking him. But that's ok...when the truth is inconvenient, you go right on ahead inventing whatever "facts" get beamed to your tinfoil hat.

    June 29, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    We welcome you Justice Elena Kagan. Keep up the good work.

    June 29, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Ferret out the BS

    When one reads a letter such as this it points up that people are not generally one dimensional and neither is their philosophy nor even ideology. Assessing qualifications to hold a responsible position should be taken on the totality of the person. The Republican leadership continually fails to do this in the confirmation hearings both now and in the past when it comes to a Democratic candidate. They want to focus on one issue and use that as a mantra to denegrate and disqualify. It's sad when the process has come down to "us against them" because we, as Americans, will lose the benefit of knowledge and integrity these people will bring to the position.

    June 29, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. Jim, San Antonio

    She wasn't anti-military, she was anti-discrimination. There's a big difference and the Republicans know it, but will never admit it.

    June 29, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. W.N. Sanabria, Escondido, CA

    In the new language forecasted by George Orwell, but perfected by Rove, Lutz, et al, supporting the troops means keeping them in harms' way. 1984 did not actaully arrive until 2001, but it sure seems to be taking hold...

    June 29, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. John

    Nobody cares! Pass the unemployment extension bill before the July 4th holiday. One million people lives depend on this. Arizona is right on the illegals bill. Obama shit on his own people in Illinois: as well. Your one world goverment will never work! Start by closing yor overseas customer service jobs you lost: you freaking cowards. What do you expect to gain by babying the hispanic population. You must have bad advisors,COWARD.

    June 29, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Shucks

    This is from the horses mouth and not the other end which is where all the rhetoric comes from the republicans on this committee. They should all be ambarrassed by this and the fact that Ms. Kagan is more intelligent than all of them put together. She will be a great Supreme Court Justice.

    June 29, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. blair

    In the op-ed, Merrill writes, "if Elena Kagan is anti-military she certainly didn't show it. She treated the veterans at Harvard like VIPs. She was a fervent advocate of our veterans association." said Kagan. "I've only cried once during this process and I cried when I woke up one morning and I read that op-ed from Captain Merrill. It meant just an enormous amount to me. He is a magnificent man doing great things for our country and his praise meant more to me than anybody's." Merrill must not be Gay. Still does not answer her opposition to the "Don't Ask , Don't Tell policy. Course she has not answered any question directly. I would love to hear her say I will abide and uphold the Constitution of the United States. Is the word Constitution not in her vocabulary? Does she believe in the Constitution or is it just the Law she believes in.

    June 29, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. gt

    liberal left wing radical... who only wants help from the military when were at harms way

    June 29, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. Cindy Nesmith

    The bottom line about that Harvard/recruiter stuff is this: Kagan defied US Law when she ousted the recruiters from Harvard, and now she wants us to overlook that (and what else???) and make her a Justice?
    Is this what democrats wants, to disregard US Law when it doesn't seem convenient to personal likes/dislikes?

    June 29, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. The Roberts Court - The Corporation is Always Right

    G-O-BP attacks Justice Marshall who fought for the little guy.

    They yearn for a return to the 50s (1850s)

    June 29, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. ybs

    I salute you Marine Captain Robert Merrill for speaking up!

    I'd like to read that op-ed! Where is it?

    June 29, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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