Maine Sen. Snowe lauds high court nominee Kagan
May 20, 2010
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS (AP)
Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, asked whether Republicans could support Kagan, said the nominee "certainly has the qualifications, and certainly has, I think, the balance in her approach — at least so far — but I'd like to wait and see."
In their private meeting, Kagan stressed the importance of judicial restraint and deference to Congress by the high court, and discussed abortion rights, Snowe said. The senator was one of seven Republicans who joined Democrats last year in voting to confirm Kagan as solicitor general, the top government lawyer who argues the administration's cases before the Supreme Court.
Abortion rights supporters are concerned about a memo Kagan wrote as a White House aide in 1997 urging President Bill Clinton to back a ban on late-term abortions.
Kagan, President Barack Obama's choice to succeed the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, visited senators in both parties ahead of hearings on her nomination that are set to begin June 28. The meetings included Democrats and two Republicans seen as potential supporters, Snowe and Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, who also voted for Kagan last time.