GOP's Dick Lugar Endorses Elena Kagan

He's the second Republican to step forward to do so
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2010 3:00 AM CDT
US Senator Richard Lugar speaks at a news conference in Moscow, in this Dec. 19, 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/ Sergey Ponomarev)

(Newser) – Looks like Elena Kagan will get confirmed for the high court with one GOP vote to spare: Republican Dick Lugar got on board yesterday, saying he'll back President Obama's nominee. "I have concluded that Solicitor General Elena Kagan is clearly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court" he said. "She has demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge of court history and decisions."

Lugar is the second Republican to support Kagan; Lindsey Graham, who's on the Judiciary Committee, endorsed her as well as voting to send the confirmation to the full Senate yesterday. Lugar was also one of the few Republicans to vote for Sonia Sotomayor, the Huffington Post notes, and he's a frequent administration ally on foreign policy issues.

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