HAYWORTH CHALLENGES McCAIN TO TAKE STAND AGAINST KAGAN FOR HIGH COURT
Phoenix, AZ (MAY 10) - U.S. Senate Candidate J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) today said he is opposed to the appointment of Elena Kagan to the nation's highest court and challenged Sen. John McCain to oppose her nomination by President Barack Obama.
"There are two key reasons to oppose her nomination," Hayworth said. "She opposed military recruiters working at Harvard while she was Dean of the Harvard Law school because of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy, and she and the White House are hoping she will remain a blank slate because of her lack of a judicial record to review.
"She once even called the judicial confirmation process a charade because nominees did not provide direct answers to direct questions," Hayworth said.
Most nominees for the court have extensive rulings and writing for the Senate to review.
In one of the few positions she is known to have taken, she called the "don't ask, don't policy" a "moral injustice of the first order" and wanted military recruiters off campus.
Hayworth also said that while there is no Constitutional precedent for prior judicial experience to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, her complete lack of judicial experience is troubling.
"She obviously is intelligent, but she has never been a judge," Hayworth said. "She has never been a judge at any level even deciding municipal traffic ticket cases. She would be the first person in 40 years appointed to the court with no judicial experience."
Hayworth noted that sources in the White House said she could be a consensus builder on the court, but she only received 7 Republican votes when she was confirmed as solicitor general in 2009.
"Sen. McCain should know that we don't need a leftist, political activist with no judicial experience on the U.S. Supreme Court," he said. "Were I in the Senate, this nomination would be fought tooth and nail. Sen. McCain owes it to the people of Arizona to stand on the principles of this state and fight this nomination as well."
Hayworth also noted Kagan is opposed by Americans United for Life.
He also called on McCain - who will likely be voting on this nomination before the August Primary against Hayworth -- to press Kagan both formally and informally to let the people know where she stands.
"She may think the confirmation process is a charade, but Sen. McCain has the opportunity to prove her wrong and draw her out to explain her positions," Hayworth said.