Democrat Nelson says he won't vote to confirm Kagan

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) said Friday that he will vote against the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan, the first Democrat to declare his opposition to her.

Without specifying his objections, Nelson said that constituents in his conservative-leaning state do not support Kagan's confirmation.

"Her lack of a judicial record makes it difficult for me to discount the concerns raised by Nebraskans, or to reach a level of comfort that these concerns are unfounded," Nelson said in a statement.

"I have heard concerns from Nebraskans regarding Ms. Kagan, and Therefore, I will not vote to confirm Ms. Kagan's nomination," Nelson said.

Kagan will still probably coast to confirmation, based on a Washington Post accounting of the likely voting.

-- Paul Kane

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