May 12th, 2010
10:59 AM ET
12 years ago

Reid 'confident' Kagan is right choice

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement Wednesday after meeting with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Capitol Hill.

Read the full statement after the jump.

"My meeting with Solicitor General Kagan today left me confident that she 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. Her impressive credentials and understanding of the real-world impact of the Court's rulings on Nevadans and all Americans will serve her well in this role.

"After a fair review of her record and individual meetings, I believe that Elena Kagan should receive strong bipartisan support similar to that which she received just last year when she was confirmed as Solicitor General. I look forward to ensuring her a swift, fair and respectful confirmation process."

Filed under: Elena Kagan • Harry Reid • Supreme Court
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Amy

    Majority leader takes position. That's a signal, right?

    May 12, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. diridi

    Horward and Duke means nothing...absolutely nothing..ok, now a days, grads from these schools, find no jobs...just wandering here and there on streets...ok....she does not have any experience...ok...

    May 12, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    He is also confident he will be reelected, that the Health Care fiasco was the right thing to do, that the porkulus bill was the right thing to do, that the TARP was the right thing to do and he also stated that we lost in Iraq. The guy has a heckuva track record for being right. What an absolute corrupt idiot.

    May 12, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. dan smith

    Hardly a person who needs to be on the supreme court,way too radical.

    May 12, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Illinois 2

    There is no way this woman is qualified for the highest justice positions in the united states. The voters will be watching the votes on this one very closely...

    May 12, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. TCM

    haha....that seals the deal...ANYTHING that Harry Reid promotes is definitely anti-American....

    May 12, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Sniffit

    Aaaaaaand, nothing could possibly goad the GOPers into behaving even more obstructionist than Reid or Pelosi making strong statements of their support for her....

    Query: Are the GOPers strong enough to resist the temptation?

    Hahahaha...not even a serious question.

    May 12, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. katiec

    It will be beneficial to our country to have someone on the Supreme Court who has not played the game, is not part of the good ole boy system and very learned about our constitution.
    The Supreme Court has given preference to big business, the republican party and perhaps Kagan will be able to bring them around to representing, once again, the American people.

    May 12, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Dar

    Reid will say anything that Odumbo tells him to say, such a puppet. We will all be better off when harry is gone next November. May we will get someone that can think on their own.

    May 12, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Ben

    Harry Reid is clueless as usual.

    May 12, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Red by Choice

    Help Wanted: Supreme Court Justice, no experience necessary.

    Really? The only other place you could get a job with no applicable experience is McDonalds. What an insult to the other Justices. Looking at Obama’s selections so far, the only qualifications are be female, be very liberal and be willing to legislate from the bench.

    What next?

    May 12, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Dennis

    I bet that plays well with the Nevada electorate.

    May 12, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. SocialismBad

    "After a fair review of her record"??? Should take about 5 minutes given her COMPLETE LACK OF EXPERIENCE!

    You mean to tell me that in this entire country, there isn't a SINGLE person with experience that warrants an appointment to the USSC instead of this no experience friend of Obama?!

    We've seen all the damage a no-experience President can do in a few short months. I can't even comprehend the amount of damage this no-experience person could do on the USSC IN 30-40 YEARS!!! Anybody voting for her is a complete idiot and should be removed from office.

    May 12, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Joe

    Well, everybody around the corner of streets is qualified to be a judge at the High Court if you take Dirty Harry's criteria seriously. First, who would not believe 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? Second, who would not have understanding of the real-world impact of the Court's rulings on all Americans? Although Kagan is the past dean of Harvard Law School and a professor at Chicago Law School, she has published nothing extraordinarily as a law scholar. Just like Obama, he has published nothing as the Editor of Harvard Law Review and as a contitutional law professor at the University of Chicago. How coincident is it? These people wear nice clothes but don't have fresh and blood inside.

    May 12, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Enough

    Well if Harry believes it's the right must be so. After all Prince Harry's opinion is equal to that of Nancy Pelosi.............can't wait until November when Harry will officially be retired!!! Long overdue.

    May 12, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Steve from California

    Reid, what do you think you'll do after government service?

    May 12, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. flycatcher

    Well that settles it for me if Reid thinks Kagan is the right choice that translates to she has to be the wrong choice. There is no way Reid does anything unless he or his cronies benefit, with him it is not about our citizens or our country, It's just me, me, me.

    May 12, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. stevegee

    Anything Reid says, do the opposite! He's a liberal Democrat who is trying to turn our country into a Socialist Nightmare.

    Kagan is an absurd choice for the Supreme Court; she's a leftist and has never even served as a judge. Obama is doing everything he can to ensure the Progressives maintain control over our republic.

    Wake up people! In November 2010: Vote American, vote Republican!

    May 12, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. Get A Grip

    Well of course Reid feels Kagan is the right choice. One incompetent person supporting another incompetent person. Nothing new here.

    May 12, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. Maria H-Miami

    You can't compare this woman to Sotomayor who worked as an Assistant District Attorney for 5 yrs – was confirmed under Bush to the U.S. District Court for Southern Dist. of N.Y. – confirmed under Clinton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, worked in private practice and also taught.

    Kagan's only contact with the courts is when she Clerked for 2 Judges. She was an associate at a Law firm – was an assistand Professor – worked 4 yrs in Clinton administration as Associate Counsel, as a Domestic Policy Advisor. She was the Dean of Harvard Law School. In March 2009 became Solicitor General and has handled 6 cases only.

    How can she be the right choice when she is not a Judge, has no experience in the courtrooms, No Judicial Experience???? she only clerked for 2 Judges.

    May 12, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. doug

    She is quoted as saying to conservative stuents at Harvard "You are not my people". As we know these conservatives are minorities at Haravard.

    So Democrats tell me, when Bush addressed the NAACP, what if he said the exact same thing to them, "you are not my people".

    Hypocrite much?

    May 12, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    And I'm confident Reid will have a new job selling pencils on a Las Vegas street corner come November.

    May 12, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |