Listen to highlights from Alito's opening statement:
Monday's Senate hearings on Judge Samuel Alito focused on opening statements from the 10 Republican and eight Democratic senators on the panel, and from the nominee. Senators noted the issues they plan to question the nominee about, in particular, abortion, the limits of executive power and civil rights. Many of the committee's Democrats focused on how Alito would alter the balance on the court. The 10 Republicans on the panel focused their remarks on praising Alito's legal qualifications and for his record of what they saw as judicial restraint.
Highlights from Monday's Proceedings