May 10th, 2010
12:40 PM ET
13 years ago

Specter explains prior vote against Kagan

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pennsylvania, who switched parties a year ago, issued the following statement:

“There is no doubt that Elena Kagan has exemplary academic and professional credentials. And she has been a pioneer for women, serving as the country’s first female Solicitor General and as the first woman to be Dean of Harvard Law School. I applaud the President for nominating someone who has a varied and diverse background outside the circuit court of appeals.

"I voted against her for Solicitor General because she wouldn't answer basic questions about her standards for handling that job. It is a distinctly different position than that of a Supreme Court Justice.

“I have an open mind about her nomination and hope she will address important questions related to her position on matters such as executive power, warrantless wiretapping, a woman’s right to choose, voting rights and congressional power."

Filed under: Arlen Specter • Elena Kagan • Senate • Supreme Court
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. doug

    Wow, he's full lib now. Seems Arlen is now only interested in doing Barry Soretos colonoscopy.

    May 10, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Alex

    I'm surprised people are still surprised by such flip-flop behavior from any of our elected officials. They would all run over their own mothers to get elected, regardless of party.

    May 10, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Pieter

    In other words, "As a Republican I voted no because that's what we do, Vote No" and Now that I am a Democrat I will vote along those party lines again. When are we going to get some people interested in helping this country from either side of the aisle? It doesn't matter which party is in control it comes down to the same game. Why not vote everyone out and start with a clear slate and vote people in that will again bring us together again. One Nation under God. I consider myself to be a middle of the road person and see good ideas coming from both sides. We need to start over with fresh minds and a willingness to listen and discuss instead of saying no because it happens to come from the opposite party. Simple right?

    May 10, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Big George in Big D

    Hey Arlie – ever hear of "backpeddling?" Stupid man!

    May 10, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Unless...

    what an idiot! hmm...could it be Specter that she's just SMARTER THAN YOU!!!!

    May 10, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Bubble of Sanity

    Translation: "Last time I was a Republican; now I'm a Democrat. I never think for myself, so I always vote the party line."

    May 10, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Biased

    Yes, now he has to change his opinion because he is a democrat. So should we have believed him before or now – personally I don't believe him at all either way. It seems he will vote differently now only because he has a D after his name and is worried about his own political future. No politician should place his own personal needs before those of the people he serves.

    May 10, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Ron in California

    Arlen....come on have you no shame.....the Supreme Court is a life time job with tremendous consequences to the country. If you were concerned then you should be more concerned now. You are more concerned about your job than he good of the country. Time for the folks to vote you out.

    May 10, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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