McConnell Confirms He’s a ‘No’ on Kagan
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), anticipating that Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination will make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced he will vote against her when she comes up for a vote on the floor.
McConnell said he opposed Kagan because he felt she had too extensive a record as a political advocate.
“I do not have confidence that if she were confirmed to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court she would suddenly constrain the ardent political advocacy that has marked much of her adult life,” he said in a press release. “The American people expect a justice who will impartially apply the law, not one who will be a rubberstamp for the Obama administration or any other administration.”
McConnell is the third senator to publicly announce his vote against Kagan. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced earlier today that he will vote against Kagan as a member of the Judiciary Committee. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced he would oppose Kagan back on May 10 — the day President Obama nominated her.
Elise Foley contributed to this report.