- Associated Press - Friday, July 2, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah says he’ll oppose Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Mr. Hatch is a former Senate Judiciary chairman and a current committee member who supported Ms. Kagan’s installation as U.S. solicitor general.

The Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped up Ms. Kagan’s confirmation hearing on Thursday. A vote on her nomination is expected within a few weeks.

Mr. Hatch said Friday that a Supreme Court nominee needs “both legal experience and, more importantly, the appropriate judicial philosophy.” And he said that “General Kagan regrettably does not meet this standard.”

Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma also has said he will oppose Ms. Kagan’s confirmation, although she is expected to be approved by the full Senate.