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Senate Proceeding on Aug 3rd, 2010 :: 7:29:35 to 7:33:25
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Jeff Bingaman

7:29:33 to 7:29:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Bingaman: senator bingaman here to speak about solicitor general kagan. mr. bingaman: mr. president, i'd yield myself five minutes off the democratic time. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. bingaman: mr. president, let me first just commend all my colleagues for their eloquent statements in support of solicitor general elena kagan's

Jeff Bingaman

7:29:35 to 7:33:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Jeff Bingaman

7:29:55 to 7:30:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Bingaman: nomi them in that support. of her nomination to be an associate justice of the u.s. supreme court. i strongly believe that solicitor general kagan has the skillset, the intellect and the experience necessary to be an exceptional justice.

Jeff Bingaman

7:30:16 to 7:30:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Bingaman: she has a diverse legal background. she has a distinguished career in governmentnd academia. she served as our nation's top lawyer before the court. after reviewing her record, senator klobuchar pointed out, i believe others have as well, the

Jeff Bingaman

7:30:37 to 7:30:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Bingaman: american bar association unanimously voted that she was well qualified to serve on the court. this is the highest ranking that the american bar association bestows. i've also met with ms. kagan and closely followed her confirmation hearings before the senate judiciary committee. she clearly demonstrated that

Jeff Bingaman

7:31:00 to 7:31:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Bingaman: she has the right temperament for this position and that her legal views are well within the mainstream of judicial thought in this country. ms. kagan also affirmed her commitment to interpret the law with fidelity, demonstrated she understands how the decisions of this high court have a very real

Jeff Bingaman

7:31:23 to 7:31:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Bingaman: impact on the lives and liberties of americans. ms. kagan's wide range of experience will serve the country well. she served as a faculty member at the university of chicago law school, as a forward dean at the harvard law school, as a clerk to former justice thurgood marshall, as a white house aide

Jeff Bingaman

7:31:44 to 7:32:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Bingaman: to former president bill clinton, and in her current position as solicitor general of the united states. in her current position as solicitor general,he's filed approximately 100 briefs, argued six cases before the supreme court. ms. kagan has demonstrated sound judgment, exhibited great skill in the cases that she has

Jeff Bingaman

7:32:05 to 7:32:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Bingaman: handled before the supreme court. she's been lauded by individuals across the political spectrum for her ability to build consensus and for her respect for those with differing views. for example, she's received support from eight former solicitors general from both parties, including kenneth starr and ted olson.

Jeff Bingaman

7:32:28 to 7:32:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Bingaman: at harvard, she worked to hire a faculty representing diverse political views, including conservative faculty members, in order to ensure that students received a broad perspective on the issues they were studying. while ms. kagan has a great deal of legal experience, much has

Jeff Bingaman

7:32:49 to 7:33:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Bingaman: been made about her lack of judicial experience. although she's not served as a judge, ms. kagan is widely respected in the legal community. she will bring needed diversity to the bench with respect to her legal background. it's important to about 40 of the 111 previous supreme court justices who have served did not have judicial

Jeff Bingaman

7:33:11 to 7:33:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Bingaman: experience prior to serving on the supreme court, including, i would point out, former chief justice william rehnquist. i strongly believe that ms. kagan has the qualifications necessary to be an excellent justice of the supreme court.

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