Despite Praise, Graham Not Ready to Decide on Kagan

Posted July 4, 2010 at 10:43am

Sen. Lindsey Graham praised Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s performance last week during hearings on her Supreme Court nomination, but he said he has not decided whether to support her.

“She was more candid than most nominees,” the South Carolina Republican said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “And overall, I found her to be a very engaging, personable, highly intelligent person.”

Kagan is President Barack Obama’s pick to succeed Justice John Paul Stevens, who is retiring, and she appeared for confirmation hearings last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Graham is a member.

“I have not made my mind up yet, but I think she did a very good job,” he said. “I know she is going to be a liberal in the mold of Justice Stevens — won’t change the balance of the court. I think she’s very qualified. I think she acquitted herself well at the hearings. But I’ll let you know in a week or so.”

He said he was still looking into her stance on “partial-birth” abortion.

Another Republican, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), said on ABC’s “This Week” that he will decide this week whether to vote for Kagan’s confirmation if it advances to the full Senate.