- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 21, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican, said Wednesday he’ll vote to confirm Elena Kagan as a Supreme Court justice.

Mr. Lugar is the second in the GOP to announce he’s breaking with his party to back President Obama’s nominee to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

Mr. Lugar said he carefully followed Ms. Kagan’s confirmation hearing testimony and the debate about her nomination, including recommendations from his constituents, and concluded that she clearly is qualified to serve on the high court.

Democrats have more than enough votes to confirm Ms. Kagan. Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, on Tuesday became the first GOP member to say he’ll join them. A few others are expected to follow suit.

A vote is expected early next month.


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