July 2nd, 2010
04:51 PM ET
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Two more GOP senators to oppose Kagan

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that he will oppose the nomination of Elena Kagan.
Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that he will oppose the nomination of Elena Kagan.

Washington (CNN) - Two more Republican senators have announced they will oppose Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski both issued statements Friday afternoon indicating their opposition to Kagan's nomination. The announcements come hours after Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch indicated he would oppose Kagan's nomination.

McConnell said Kagan was "far from forthcoming in discussing her own views on basic principles of American constitutional law" during this week's confirmation hearings.

"I do not have confidence that if she were confirmed to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court she would suddenly constrain the ardent political advocacy that has marked much of her adult life," McConnell said. "The American people expect a justice who will impartially apply the law, not one who will be a rubberstamp for the Obama administration or any other administration. For these reasons, I will oppose Ms. Kagan's confirmation."

In announcing her opposition, Murkowski bemoaned the lack of geographic diversity and the small number of law schools represented on the court.

"Ms. Kagan, like this administration's last nominee, Justice Sotomayor, is a native of New York City. Although she spent a portion of her career in Chicago, most of her career has been spent 'inside the beltway' of Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, Massachusetts on the campus of Harvard University," Murkowski said. "If confirmed, six of the nine Supreme Court Justices will be from the Northeast United States, and only three law schools of the 199 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association will be represented on the high court-Harvard, Yale and Columbia law schools."

Murkowski did not support Kagan's nomination to her current post of solicitor general, and said Kagan is not qualified for the Supreme Court do to her lack of experience as either a judge or practicing lawyer.

"It is not essential that a Supreme Court nominee have experience as a judge but those who lacked that experience had substantial experience in the practice of law. Ms. Kagan has spent the bulk of her career as an academic, a university administrator and policy advisor. For the reasons I have cited here, I plan to oppose her nomination when it comes before the Senate," Murkowski said.

-CNN's Bill Mears contributed to this report


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soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Jacob

    GOP losers!
    "No! No! No! No! No! No!" anytime you pack of losers want to do something productive for us, it would be much appreciated!

    July 2, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. Jerry in NC

    The fact is, republicans, conservatives, old white men....they have never intended to "share" in anything when it comes to this country. It's either their way or the highway, as far as they are concerned. Fortunately for the entire country, they are becoming extinct! Literally, a dying breed! I pray that the get their just reward, come judgement day.

    July 2, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. JaneinWVa

    Woo~! Hoo~! Best news I've heard all day.

    I, too, am bothered by the lack of diversity Kagan represents and her lace of real life law. Obama is an academic and Kagan is, too~! We need some real people in government~!

    July 2, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. Pragmatic

    Of course republicans are voting "no" : just like they decided to the night President Obama won the election! The President could nominate Christ Himself ... and the republicans would vote against Him as "too liberal" ... you know, that silly do unto others as you would have them do unto you – pointing out it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.'" That's not on the republican platform!

    July 2, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. JaneinWVa

    LOL~! I see the adolescent liberals are posting the Obamaton messages on here.

    I do get tired of the toddler like mentality, name-calling and sticking their heads in the sand. Best to just cut them loose.

    Every time Libertarians or Conservatives come up with facts, the Liberals come up with new names~! lol~!~

    July 2, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. SensibleDem2

    These idiot replugs are nothing but mentally immature,mad,dog,mad sorea$$ losers,just showing out before the camera.They get into augments with theirselves when they look into the mirror.

    July 2, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. all of america

    Kagan is just another obama socialistic thinking yes person! driving the U.S. into a third world country

    July 2, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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