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Senate Proceeding on Aug 3rd, 2010 :: 7:03:35 to 7:09:50
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Amy Klobuchar

7:03:31 to 7:03:52( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: thank you very much. i yield back to my colleague from minnesota. ms. klobuchar: thank you very much, mr. president. the presiding officer: the senator from minnesota. ms. klobuchar: thank you, senator shaheen, my neighbor in the chamber, and thank you for your fine remarks. and i was listening when you talked about senator graham's comments, and, you know, i truly believe that that was a moment of leadership, where bically

Amy Klobuchar

7:03:35 to 7:09:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

7:03:53 to 7:04:13( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: senator graham said that he had spent a lot of time the last few years trying to elect a different person for president, but president obama won and that he respected his nominee and that his job was to look to see if that person was qualified to be on the supreme court. and that despite political differences, that he didn't

Amy Klobuchar

7:04:14 to 7:04:35( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: agree with everything that she said, his job was to see if she was qualified, and he said at that hearing, which i'll never forget, that he was proud to be supporting her. and i imagine you have had similar experiences in new hampshire with having to grapple with those kinds of things with appointing judges. mrs. shaheen: that's correct. and, like you, i'm certainly

Amy Klobuchar

7:04:36 to 7:04:56( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: pleased to see people who have been willing to come out, take a leadership position, say even though we understand the nominee may not be one who's supported by all of the members of our party, we still believe she's qualified and we're going to

Amy Klobuchar

7:04:57 to 7:05:17( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: support her. ms. klobuchar: you know, one thing about you look at the series of jobs that she's that she's actually been in the arena, as a manager, as a teacher, as an advisor, as a consensus builder, and as a lawyer. and in every job she's had, she's worked very hard and she's done very well. her work on the frontlines tells

Amy Klobuchar

7:05:18 to 7:05:38( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: me that she has the practical experience thinking about the impact of laws and ordinary people, and i do think that sometimes that's missing in some of these decisions. there's a case that i dwell on involving prosecutions and what kind of evidence can come before the court when you are dealing with some of the d.n.a. tests,

Amy Klobuchar

7:05:39 to 7:05:59( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: and i disagree with the recent court decision that actuay wasn't decided on ideological grounds but i decided was -- i believe was decided in an impractical way. and i believe that solicitor general kagan will bring that kind of practicality to the court. because when you're involved in considering the nitty-gritty details of different policies, when you're actually in the game

Amy Klobuchar

7:06:00 to 7:06:21( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: as a decision-maker, she has been -- as she has been, you have to figure out when to compromise, when to hold firm, you have to know exactly what the consequences of your recommendations will be. as a law school dean, elena kagan was widely credited with bringing together a faculty that was rife with division. whether she was helping recruit talented professors from across

Amy Klobuchar

7:06:22 to 7:06:44( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the political spectrum or, later irt when slater, when she was working with senators from bot parties on tobacco legislation, she forged coalitions and found resolution between seemingly intractable parties t. strikes me that it -- parties. it strikes me that it takes a pretty extraordinary person, who, after working in the clinton administration, still gets a standing ovation from the conservative federalist society

Amy Klobuchar

7:06:45 to 7:07:07( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: who inspires a group of 600 law students who can be a bit cynical to show up for a rally wearing, "i love elena" t-shirts, someone who earned the respect of the law professors she worked with, regardless of their ideology, a group that i would say, and as i said in the hearing, can be somewhat fearless in the face of supervision.

Amy Klobuchar

7:07:08 to 7:07:28( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: in sum, she's had a lot of practical experience reaching out it people who holdery different beliefs and that's increasingly important on a very divided supreme court. i believe that's why, when you look at the past, all the previous solicitor generals from the past 25 years, under both democratic and republican

Amy Klobuchar

7:07:29 to 7:07:52( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: administrations, support elena kagan's confirmation. this practice -- practical experience also why she has the support of the national district attorney's association, which i used to belong in my previous job. they actually wrote about her, the national district attorney's association believes that solicitor general kagan's diverse and impressive life experiences will be a welcome

Amy Klobuchar

7:07:53 to 7:08:15( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: addition to the court in fashioning theory that will work in practice. one of the things i think showed the practicality of elena kagan and how she responded to our questions, mr. president, is when i asked her about the metaphor that chief justice roberts made famous at his confirmation hearing. i asked her what she thought

Amy Klobuchar

7:08:16 to 7:08:40( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: about the idea of that judge were like umpires, calling balls and strikes, and whether that useful metaphor. she said she responded that the metaphor is useful in some respects but less useful than others. it's useful because judges have to be fair and neutral, jurs like umpires, and judges have to be aware that they have a powerful but limited role, they

Amy Klobuchar

7:08:41 to 7:09:01( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: can't legislate from the bench, they aren't elected officials. but she also said that the metaphor had its limit. if it suggests that judging is some kind of robotic enterprise, if it makes people think that judging is an easy, automatic thing because issues are always clear-cut. now, that isn't right because cases that come before the supreme court, i would say, are by their nature not clear-cut or they wouldn't have ended up

Amy Klobuchar

7:09:02 to 7:09:23( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: there. what's necessary is good judgment. and we have to look for nominees who are going to bring that kind of good judgment to the court. now, i see i've been joined here by the senator from north

Amy Klobuchar

7:09:24 to 7:09:45( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: carolina, senator hagan. senator kagan, which rhymes with the nation of our nominee, solicitor general kagan, so we're very pleased to be joined by senator hagan. and i will say, we've now had four women senators here today in support of solicitor general kagan's nomination. and we are also well aware that

Amy Klobuchar

7:09:46 to 7:09:50( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: if she is confirmed, we will now have three women on the supreme court when the court goes into session in the fall, somethi

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