Senate Judiciary Committee Backs Elena Kagan, 13-6 : The Two-Way Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) voted in favor of Elena Kagan.
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Senate Judiciary Committee Backs Elena Kagan, 13-6

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By a 13-6 vote, the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary has voted to recommend President Obama's most-recent Supreme Court nominee, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, to the full Senate.

During an executive business meeting today, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined all 12 Democrats on the committee, endorsing the Kagan nomination.

"I'm going to vote for her because I believe the last election had consequences, and this president chose someone who was qualified, who has the experience and knowledge to serve on this court, who is in the mainstream of liberal philosophy, and understands the difference between being a liberal judge and a politician," he said.

At the end of the day, after the hearing, it was not a hard decision for me to make. I thought she did a very good job and she will serve this nation honorably. And it would not have beens someone I would have chosen, but the person who did choose, President Obama, I think chose wisely.

The Senate could consider her nomination as early as August, before its summer recess is scheduled to begin.