Following his Tuesday meeting with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, Senator Lindsey Graham issued a statement saying, “Ms. Kagan is not someone a Republican president would have chosen for a position on the Supreme Court.”
But, he says the questions the country and Senate will be required to answer are whether she is qualified for the job, whether she possesses the appropriate temperament, and whether her judicial philosophy is within the mainstream of American jurisprudence.
Graham says, “It’s very important for a nominee to understand the difference between the role of a judge who interprets the law and an elected official who writes the law.”
He discussed legal issues related to the war on terror and positions Kagan has taken as Solicitor General saying, “they found common agreement on many of these issues.”
Regarding any position she has taken on military recruitment at Harvard, Graham said this could not be taken as a lack of respect for the U.S. Armed Forces. “She noted that her father was a World War II veteran. I take her at her word that she respects the military and our men and women serving in uniform.”
Graham said that Kagan’s lack of judicial record will make the hearings even more important and “because she has no judicial decisions to review, her writings and opinions on issues regarding the law will be closely scrutinized.”