July 14th, 2010
06:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Cornyn to oppose Kagan nomination

Sen. John Cornyn is the second Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose Elena Kagan's nomination.
Sen. John Cornyn is the second Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose Elena Kagan's nomination.

Washington (CNN) – Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, announced Wednesday he will not support Elena Kagan's nomination for the Supreme Court.

"Solicitor General Kagan's testimony before the Judiciary Committee did not assure me that she agrees with the traditional understanding of the proper role of a judge," Cornyn said in a statement. "Judges should strictly interpret the written Constitution, which means both enforcing written limitations on the scope of government power, such as the Second Amendment and the Commerce Clause, as well as not inventing new rights or imposing their own policy views on the American people."

Cornyn is the second Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose Kagan's nomination. He joins Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch who announced his opposition earlier this month.

Cornyn said Kagan's explanations of her judicial philosophy were "vague and open to multiple interpretations" and that she was "unable to articulate limits on the federal Commerce Clause power."

Last year, Cornyn opposed the nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's first high court nominee.

The committee is expected to vote on Kagan's nomination next Tuesday.


Filed under: Elena Kagan • John Cornyn • Supreme Court
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Russ

    Cornyn would oppose breathing if it was necessary for him to live to oppose everything else.

    July 14, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. Casual Observer

    So just how does your country get ANYTHING accomplished?

    July 14, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    He would rather have a person- strike that- an older white man that goes in with predeposed opinions on law rather than a person that listens to the arguments made before the court and then makes a decision.
    Typical.

    July 14, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Smith in Oregon

    A Big Oil connected Republican US Senator telling his Big Oil sponsors that he won't be supporting US Supreme Court candidate jurist Kagan's appointment? How refreshing to learn that Kagan is now officially untainted by utter corruption of Big Oil corporations and is not bought and paid for by Republican's special interest corporations.

    July 14, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. JT

    yeah, and....
    another do nothing republican't
    typical
    boring
    lame

    July 14, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. MsDp

    This is expected.LOL!

    July 14, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. vwrtb

    Texas reps... Go figure... Go buy you another belt buckle you corporate tool..

    July 14, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. TonyH

    'Cornyn said Kagan's explanations of her judicial philosophy were "vague and open to multiple interpretations" and that she was "unable to articulate limits on the federal Commerce Clause power."'

    Well, duh.

    Nomination hearings are not the place where a candidate is going to pre-judge issues like states rights versus federal authority.

    How foolish are you, John?

    July 14, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Someone from GObP opposing something? Say it ain't so !!!

    July 14, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Hendrik

    Did we expect anything else from Cornyn? Nazi.

    July 14, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. phoenix86

    Anyone with a rudimentary understanding of the Constitution should oppose Kagan.

    July 14, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. A disillusioned Republican

    Republicans only dislike activist judges when they are not Republican activist judges. Is it any suprise that a bigot like Cornyn would oppose a Democratic nominee.

    Cornyn is an angry old racist bigot who hates Americans who do not look like him or think like him.

    July 14, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. weak

    "did not assure me that she agrees with the traditional understanding of the proper role of a judge"

    agreed

    but your view of what a judge should be does not agree with me

    vote him out of office

    July 14, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. Len Smith

    Consider the source of a failed US Senator who wants to see this country go down and fail.

    July 14, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Bob(Illinois)

    This is a REALLY shocking development! Just shocking!

    July 14, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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