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We're now about nine minutes away based on the clock in the headline from the the White House this morning the pending announcement the nation's next possible.
Supreme Court justice President Obama expect -- -- moments.
Alina Kagan as his nominee Fox News confirming the acting solicitor general.
We'll be his choice she worked as a policy adviser years back the ninety's in the Clinton White House.
And today she will become a household name senator any club which -- at a Minnesota -- -- democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee good morning to you you're.
Committee will be very busy it looks like for the second straight summer.
You know this woman out there.
I yes I know earned her -- -- me solicitor general.
The United States I think very well respected extremely intelligent.
And I've got a lot of positive words when we had our committee hearing over her confirmation from a number of the Republican senators and ultimately.
As you know -- number of Republicans voting for her.
On the floor I think part of it is -- reputation to develop.
When she was dean of Harvard Law School the first woman -- he was someone that was fair brought three conservative law professors.
I including difficult and that they were all very controversial at the time.
-- she felt it was important to bring different points of view the Harvard law school and that kind of independent thinking.
And consensus building will serve her well on the court if she is and what what was the net effect of that -- how -- that benefit Harvard.
Well from what I've heard when you talk to students that have.
I've been there and other faculty members have been -- -- of this and she was able to bring in.
Different points of view in fact at one point she got a standing ovation from the Federalist society I don't think.
Many democratic nominees can say that that she's someone that has that reputation of being fair and open minded.
She's also tough and smart woman and I think Kia is a good choice right now many.
One thing she will have to clarify the whole issue about don't ask don't tell in the US military.
While she was at Harvard she objected to the role of military recruiters on certain areas of campus how is she gonna explain that away.
Well from I have heard and I've looked at this myself and obviously we had questions in our Judiciary Committee when we had to.
I decide her nomination as solicitor general for itself that policy -- in place an anti discrimination policy based on.
Not just sexual preference also race religion.
I gender was in place when she came into the -- -- think she felt that it was her job to keep that policy in place but what she did to accommodate.
The military recruiters given the don't ask don't tell policy -- actually allow them space in the very same rooms sponsored by veterans group.
To come in an interview prospective.
Candidates out from prospective loss but can't -- if it magnum thing worth looking.
It is something that we'll come up we we we can almost guarantee that at the moment the other thing they'll come up as this.
Kagan has never served as a judge.
Has no paper trail of judicial opinions.
Is that the new normal.
In terms of us securing.
Approval by the US senate the Supreme Court in it that is the new normal does that bother you.
Well this doesn't bother me out you know -- every single justice on that court with the judge from the judicial monastery.
And that can be okay but I can I didn't spell I think having someone with a little different experience out there as a manager in government in the private sector is very helpful.
-- the last -- I was appointed that didn't have judicial experience guess who that was justice Rehnquist and I'm sure many of your viewers on fox.
We didn't really question his qualities to become a judge because he was incredibly smart as -- -- Kagan.
I he was a good poker.
Player as is Elena Kagan and he brought to the -- a breath of experience that was very different than someone who had been -- -- -- could very well that was going back to the early 1970 senator thank you McClover car thing we will see you on the judiciary aren't very soon.
As -- looking forward to it okay.
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