May 12th, 2010
12:09 PM ET
13 years ago

Kagan begins meeting with key senators

Washington (CNN) - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Wednesday kicked off what has become a ritual for modern high court nominees: making the rounds of key senators' offices on Capitol Hill with a boisterous press corps in tow.

Kagan, who won confirmation as solicitor general a little more than a year ago, started off with a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada. The pair posed for pictures but refused to answer any questions from reporters.

"There's nothing more exciting than the [confirmation process] we're about to undertake," Reid told Kagan. "The great country that we're in is ruled by law, and that's what you're going to make sure continues."

He later issued a statement noting that his meeting left him confident that Kagan "is the right choice to replace Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court. She has a strong belief that the Supreme Court should be a forum where the rule of law wins out and where people from every walk of life can receive a fair hearing."

Kagan was also scheduled to meet Wednesday with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky; Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont; Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama; and Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois.

Updated: 12:09 p.m.

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  1. Dave Harris

    Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, thinks that Jesus created the world 6 thousand years ago and people rode arround on dinosaurs. Ms. Kagan is so intellectually superior to him that they're hardly even the same species. The travesty of him having to approve of her speaks for itself.

    May 12, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. j

    I agree--- and all the GOP will vote NO !!!! They march lock step- one brain serves all -– NO independent thoughts allowed in the GNOP

    May 12, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Too True For You

    How rich – a republican all of the sudden getting religion about "qualifications" after they championed Georgy-loser-boy-Bush whose only qualifying attribute was his daddies coat tails, and Sarah what -exactly-does-a-vice-president-do-I can -see-Russia-Palin.

    Give us a break.

    May 12, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Marc

    OK, she doesn't has bench experience. There has been others in the past that hadn't either, and were confirmed. So let's look at those gentlemen and see how they fared as Justices before saying anything on that matter.
    That issue about the military recruiters? Well was she supported by most of her peers (the other members of the board of Harvard, whatever is its proper name) or was it a 'tyrannycal decision' of her and her alone?
    As I remember she did a good job with that Conservative meeting (or the likes) that happened in Harvard during her tenure.

    May 12, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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