May 10th, 2010
11:05 AM ET
13 years ago

Steele: Expect Republicans to raise questions about Kagan

Washington (CNN) - Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, issued the following statement:

“Over the past year, the American people have been witness to President Obama’s massive expansion of the federal government into our daily lives. To assure the American people, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, will need to demonstrate that she is committed to upholding the vision of our Founding Fathers, who wrote a Constitution meant to limit the power of government, not expand it. The President has stated repeatedly that he wants a justice who will understand the effects of decisions on the lives of everyday Americans. But what Americans want is a justice who will stay true to the Constitution and defend the rights of all Americans, adhering to the rule of law instead of legislating from the bench. Given Kagan’s opposition to allowing military recruiters access to her law school’s campus, her endorsement of the liberal agenda and her support for statements suggesting that the Constitution 'as originally drafted and conceived, was defective,’ you can expect Senate Republicans to respectfully raise serious and tough questions to ensure the American people can thoroughly and thoughtfully examine Kagan’s qualifications and legal philosophy before she is confirmed to a lifetime appointment.”

Filed under: Elena Kagan • GOP • Michael Steele • Senate • Supreme Court
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Lets expose Rush Limbaughs staff.

    Steele, the wimp, doesnt want to mess with her.hahaha

    May 10, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Wisconsinite

    Yep. And so it begins. The most Un-American political party EVER getting all of it's obstruction-ducks in a row. Just pathetic.

    May 10, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Golden Girl

    When can we get rid of this idiot once and for all?

    May 10, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. My Brother's Keeper

    No way to defeat this nominee Republicans. Let it go

    May 10, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Laverne

    Whenever you hear Michael Steele talk or read statements he made, it always leave a bitter taste in my mouth. There is definitely something wrong with this guy, not quite sure what it is about him, but he just is not right, in the head that is!

    May 10, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Larry

    Give it a rest Steele. No one buys your lies anymore.

    May 10, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Jeff

    So, were they going to agree with anyone? I suspect they already had statements written before the announcement was made.

    Is anyone else tired of Republican leadership presuming they speak for the "American people"? They don't, they speak for their base.

    May 10, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Jim

    I am sorry, Mr. Steele, but what was the vote for granting corporations the same liberties as individuals? Oh, wait, that was the conservatives in the court. The people your ex-President put in place. That's right! Maybe you need to pull your head out of your backside before you open your pie-hole. The "right-wing" "conservative" republicans have expanded the role of Government just as much as the liberal left. So wake up and smell what you are shovelin...

    May 10, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. sonny chapman

    Let's get ready to rumble !

    May 10, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. A keen observer

    Michael Steele is another republican fool. He is very presumptious to speak for the American people since he is a token minority within a minority party. It amazes me how a party that only 21% of Americans are willing to admit they belong to can speak for the majority of the Americans who threw them out of power in the last two elections.

    Steele and the rest of the republican fools act like they are the governing party rather than the party of losers they are. These idiots should spend their time trying to solve problems rather than trying to obstruct everything.

    And speaking of expanding government, did Steele forget the last three republican administrations who expanded government more that all administrations that preceeded them. So much for small government and fools trying to rewrite history to make themselves look better. The current bunch of republican fools are completely delusional.

    May 10, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. GL

    For the last 12 months, most American know what side the republicans are on and it is the side of big corporations being about to run this country. Steele is nothing but the worst person in the world and he have become a world JOKER! He words hold no water in his party.

    May 10, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Hussein

    Stir that pot CNN. Surprised you haven't yet posted a story with some reactions from Rush, Palin, and some Tea-partiers. I know your working on a story and it will be here today though. Your reporters make the celebrity paparazi look professional.

    May 10, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Bill from GA

    Who elected this jerk? I understand that Repug senators' opinions matter, but Steele's opinion matters no more than mine, or any other individual.

    And if his opinion did matter, what kind of expansion of government is it when a corporation is given the rights allocated to an individual by the Constitution. Didn't W's Chief Justice seriously expand the power of government by doing so? Maybe Roberts should be removed; I'm sure the Repugs would endorse that.

    May 10, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. andrew s. rostolder

    oh what a suprise.....the hapless and feckless steele,,,puts his two cents in....

    May 10, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Peace

    Mr. Steele, when a person asks questions it means she/he has doubts which need to be cleared out, BUT, if a person raises questions it means she/he hasn't a question in mind just fumble to get something to ask for the sake of asking. It is wise not to waste time. A swift confirmation will enable her serve the people who are desperately in need!

    May 10, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Syed Abid

    Mr.Steel here u go again.You talk about massive expansion of govt.You forget ,republican were incharge of all branches of govt.when they pass legislation to expand the health care called PLAN B.So for it is the largest expansion of govt involvement in lives of citizens.You must b spending lot of time in lesbian bondage clubs smoking left hand cigars,b'cse your thought and memmory is very cloudy.Pl. dont forget you r not party chair because of value of your thoughts or character you r simply there as a token .Dont ,look at any pic when OBAMA give speech ,you can c real american people.All sort of color and creed.When your leades or your favourite tea party ldr. give speech your kind is missing .Get it .I doubt it vey much.

    May 10, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Deborah/Kansas City

    I have been witness to the Supreme Court invasion into our lives and
    forcing thier actvist agenda; to remove our personal freedoms in favor of Corporations, and terrorists. I have been witness to Conservative Republicans making a conserted effort to do the same. If we are foolish enough to reelect Republicans, we will rapidly find ourselves embroied in another War, this time with Iran; Corporations will be in full control of our lives killing and poluting at will; more and more laws which restrict our rights at the whim of the Government; like the Patriot Act, revoking our citizenship on a "suspicion", denial of our miranda rights on "suspicion". God save America from this dangerous group of Conservatives, who believe only in the 2nd amendment, and no other, Who believe war is the first and best answer to forgien policy; and are who are out to force the rest of us to live as they insist, or face denial of all of our constitutional rights.

    May 10, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans never raised questions about Palin, they think she's qualified to be president. But they sure have questions about an accomplished educated woman.

    May 10, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. greg

    Mr Steele's comments "....her endorsement of the liberal agenda and her support for statements suggesting that the Constitution 'as originally drafted and conceived, was defective..." are rather telling, aren't they. His broad brush painting of her ephemeral (and dreaded??) "liberal agenda" tells me that he has already made his mind up. I do look forward to learning more about the "defective constitution" statements issue, but fear that Mr. Steele has or will spin an inocuous statement into something much more.

    May 10, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Ben in Texas

    There can be no clearer demonstration of extremist judicial activism than the Citizens United decision issued by the 5 Republican appointed "justices" Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy, and Alito. They all deserve impeachment for giving citizenship rights to foreign controlled corporations.

    May 10, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Ellie

    Steele really needs to check himself. He's such a clown. Republicans must have nothing better to do. They don't WORK, they don't PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH, they don't have any SOLUTIONS. So all they have is NADA....ZIPPO.

    May 10, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    IE: Expect Republicans to crucify her for political gain!

    May 10, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. A Kickin' Donkey

    I'd expect the Republicans to criticize Socrates if he were nominated.

    May 10, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. John in Binghamton NY

    I think everyone expects them to complain. I think they should go back to saying it is the end of the world or Armageddon like they normally do.

    May 10, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. john powers

    I thought RNC Chair Michael Steele was a lawyer. His remarks concerning Solicitor General Kagan's failure to protect individual liberties by virtue of her actions to stand up to the U.S. Military's policy of infringing on an individual's right to be free and open concerning their respective sexual orientation leaves me to question his fundamental legal accumen when he can't seem to identify which "party" impacted by the "don't ask-don't tell" policy is the "individual" protected by the constitution. I suggest Mr. Steele return to law school for a little refresher in Con Law 101.

    May 10, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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