Statement: Sanders on Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

BURLINGTON, May 10 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement on today’s announcement by President Obama that he will nominate  Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court:

“On the surface and based on her record as solicitor general, it appears that Elena Kagan would bring a great deal of knowledge and real-world experience to the Supreme Court.  In the coming weeks, I look forward to meeting her and learning more about her record and views.

“At a time of growing corporate power in America, I am interested in how she sees the Constitution protecting the interests of ordinary American workers and consumers against the abuses of large and powerful corporations.

“I understand there has been concern that she never has been a judge.  I can only say that if the Citizens United ruling, which allowed corporate cash to dominate American elections, is what results from a court made up of people who wore robes all their lives, then Elena Kagan’s experience outside courtrooms should not be held against her.

“As her nomination goes forward, I also am interested in her views on privacy rights and individual liberties. In an era of international tension, the court plays a critical role in how we preserve our civil liberties and constitutional rights while we defend our nation against those who would do us harm. ”