May 10th, 2010
01:37 PM ET
12 years ago

Durbin praises Kagan

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement:

“I applaud President Obama's decision to nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Ms. Kagan is a remarkable lawyer who has worked in private practice, clerked for Illinois' own Judge Abner Mikva and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, served as a Senate staff member and worked in the Executive Branch. She has also blazed a trail for women in America -­ not only as the first woman to serve as Dean of the Harvard Law School but also as the first woman to serve as our nation's Solicitor General.

President Obama said he wanted someone on the high court who understood the impact of the law on average Americans, and I believe the depth and breadth of Ms. Kagan's experience will allow her that perspective.

I look forward to hearing Ms. Kagan's testimony in the Judiciary Committee. I hope and expect she will receive quick confirmation in the United States Senate."

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Ted

    Finally a Democrat that has gotten a chance to speak on CNN's ticker. We have heard from all corners of the Repukelican party and their posturing crap, all worried about qualifications and opinions, as if Alito and Thomas and the rest of the rightwingnutjob supreme appoitnments were based on those things. Repthugs – stop saying NO and agree that Kagan is much more qualified than any of you jerks for the SCOTUS. Thanks.

    May 10, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Eric

    Durbin said, "President Obama said he wanted someone on the high court who understood the impact of the law on average Americans and I believe the depth and breadth of Ms. Kagan's will allow her that perspective."

    Depth and breadth of what? Her dewlap?

    He certainly couldn't be talking about her experience, because she has none. In fact, her postage stamp sized resume is only slightly less audacious than that of Obama's, in terms of applicant experience versus the seriousness of the job.

    She's an inexperienced greenhorn, at best. But what else should we expect from Barry Soetoro Dunham, the first president with a need to use an alias.

    May 10, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. BeverlyNC

    Kagan appears to be an outstanding candidate for the Court. However, as we have seen all year, it wouldn't matter is she was the "Virgin Mary", the Republican Party would be against her and be out spreading lies and hate about her.

    Republicans care nothing about this country or our People. They are white good ol' boys who only stand up for the abusive corporations like BP who has destroyed the Gulf of Mexico, insurance companies who kill us for profit, banks who cheat and steal from us, and mine companies who ignore safety procedures and kill their workers for an extra dime of profit.

    Republicans and their corporations are both without integrity, character, responsible citizenship, honor, and fixated on more and more wealth.

    Kagan will make it onto the Court but the Republicans will try to drag her through the mud -just watch – it's how they operate.

    May 10, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Dan Holiday

    Why not? The moronic people of this country elected a foreign, community organizer with no executive experience to become the President. So why not a Supreme Court Justice? Experience does not seem to count for much these days.

    May 10, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Bill in CA.

    I would sincerely worry if Durbin praised ANYONE!!!

    May 10, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. John D

    If Durbin is backing her there must be something wrong and a closer look should really be taken. Although she seems qualified, Durbin is an idiot and anything or anyone he endorses should be scrutinized completely!

    May 10, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. seebofubar

    Leave it to a guy with no governing experience whatsoever to nominate to the Supreme Court someone who has no experience as a judge. Sounds kind of stupid don't you think? But I guess we have learned to expect that from Obama.

    May 10, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |