Today, U.S. Senator Mark Udall announced that he plans to vote to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan when the Senate considers her nomination to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court:
"As a U.S. Senator, who has sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, few responsibilities carry greater weight than considering the potential confirmation of someone to serve as a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Because the decisions made by the Court affect the lives of every Coloradan, with consequences for future generations, I take this responsibility seriously. Every nominee brings her or his unique life story and different strengths and perspectives. As with Justice Sonya Sotomayor, the lens through which I view this confirmation is focused on the nominee's judicial temperament, experience, pragmatism and a demonstrated ability to view the law in ways that go beyond ideology.
"After considering her answers before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I believe Solicitor General Elena Kagan possesses these attributes, and her wide range of experiences and impressive intellect will make her an effective member of the high court. At the beginning of these confirmation hearings, I said I would study her record and watch the committee hearings before making a decision about whether to support Solicitor General Kagan's nomination. After taking these steps and hearing from a wide range of Coloradans, I believe she is well qualified to serve. I am confident that she is not a rigid ideologue and her approach toward deliberating cases makes her a fine candidate for the Supreme Court. She would serve our country well."