Judge John Roberts (front, center) arrives for the first day of his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 12. Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) and ranking minority member Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) are seen behind Roberts.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday began confirmation hearings on Judge John Robert's nomination to be the nation's 17th chief justice. The day focused on opening statements from the 10 Republican and 8 Democratic senators on the panel, and from the nominee.
Hear highlights from Monday's proceedings: