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Begich to Vote to Confirm Solicitor General Kagan for Supreme Court

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement today about the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. The full Senate began debate on Kagan today and is expected to vote on her nomination Thursday.

"In our meeting earlier this summer, and in my review of her record and her testimony before the Senate, the picture that emerges is of a highly intelligent, extremely well-qualified nominee who understands the proper role of the Court in our nation.  I am persuaded she will be guided by precedent and will not be an activist justice, trying to impose her judgment in place of that of elected officials. 

"I was especially pleased to hear directly from Ms. Kagan that she respects Alaskans' views on the right to bear arms, and that she agrees the Supreme Court's recent decisions in the Heller and McDonald Second Amendment cases are binding.

"I agree with South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham, who said the job of a senator is not to second guess the President's judgment in selecting Supreme Court nominees, but to determine if the candidate is qualified, of good character and understands the difference between being a judge and a politician.

"Because of these reasons, I will be voting to confirm Ms. Kagan as a Supreme Court justice."

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