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Senator Grassley says he will vote against Kagan

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -- Senator Chuck Grassley says he will vote against Elena Kagan to be the an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

Grassley said, "Since the nomination hearing for Solicitor General Kagan ended, I have spent time reviewing the hearing record. Thorough consideration has led me to conclude that I cannot vote for Solicitor General Kagan to be the next Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

He added that he feels Kagan failed to directly answer many of the questions that she was asked and believes that direct answers were essential in her overcoming her lack of judicial experience.

Senator Grassley also says that Kagan's record shows that she allows her politics and personal views to play into her legal thinking.

He finished by saying, "Based on the record and the nomination hearing, I am not convinced that Solicitor General Kagan will be able to shed her deeply held personal ideological beliefs, political views and experiences, and check those biases at the door of the Supreme Court. Therefore, I must vote against her nomination."

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote Tuesday on whether or not to send her nomination to the full senate.

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