WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire today became the fifth Republican to announce support for the Supreme Court nomination of former Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan.
Republican senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, and Richard Lugar of Indian have previously announced they will vote next week to confirm Kagan.
President Obama in May nominated Kagan, the U.S. solicitor general, to replace retiring justice John Paul Stevens.
“Ms. Kagan and I may have different political philosophies, but I believe that the confirmation process should be based on qualifications, not ideological litmus tests or political affiliation," Gregg said in a statement. "I will vote for her confirmation.”
Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown has not announced yet how he will vote on Kagan's nomination.
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