[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/11/art.kaganad.jpg caption="An early ad supporting high court nominee Elena Kagan is hitting airwaves Tuesday."]Washington (CNN) – An early television ad supporting Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is hitting the airwaves Tuesday, and President Obama plays a prominent role in the spot.
Released by the Coalition for Constitutional Values, a liberal advocacy group, the thirty-second spot is largely biographical, featuring still photos of Kagan paired with text graphics detailing major milestones and accomplishments in the high court hopeful's life.
The ad calls Kagan a nominee with an "independent mind" and a "fierce dedication to the rule of law." President Obama provides a voiceover, with a statement borrowed from his comments related to the retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. When Stevens announced hs retirement, Obama listed his requirements for a new justice. While images of Kagan flash in the spot, Obama is heard saying he considers a Supreme Court nomination "among my most serious responsibilities as President."Obama goes on to say the new Justice must be someone who "[K]nows that in a democracy, powerful interests must not be allowed to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens."
Announced Monday as Obama's pick, Kagan has faced criticism over her efforts as Dean of Harvard Law School to bar military recruiters from the law school campus.The spot makes a subtle reference to the controversy, depicting Kagan meeting with Gen. David Petraeus. But the general isn't the only well known figure that appears in the ad, which also features Kagan posing with former President Bill Clinton and former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, for whom Kagan clerked.
A spokesperson for the Coalition for Constitutional Values declined to detail the ad buy but said that the spot will air on national cable.