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Excerpts from Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)

"If you have children, if you work for a living, if you're a woman, if you vote, if you care about the air we breathe or the water we drink, you need to pay close attention to the confirmation hearing and the work of the Supreme Court."

"If you believe you have a right to fall in love and get married to whomever you wish, you are mostly correct, but only because the Supreme Court intervened on the side of the American people when it ruled in Loving v. Virginia that interracial couples could marry. Indeed, prior to that decision, parents of the current president of the United States, some members of the United States Senate and the Supreme Court, could not have married in some states."

"The Supreme Court gave the words "equal justice under law" real meaning. Perhaps this decision was to be expected since the oath of office declared by every federal judge makes it clear that he or she will administer justice without respect to person and do equal right to the poor and to the rich."

"This trend was clearly shown in Citizen United where the Supreme Court reversed precedent and overruled congressional intent, giving corporate special interests even more power and influence in elections. In the Ledbetter case, the majority of the Supreme Court protected employers over workers in gender discrimination, again reversing the clear intent of Congress."

"Are you a consumer? Do you buy products for your family? If so, the Supreme Court in Legion, yet another 5-4 split case, should be of concern to you. Here, the court ignored longstanding precedent to protect big business to perpetuate price-fixing. It was a ruling that put consumers at risk. Rapanos, another 5-4 decision, was a step backwards this time for the environment by reducing protection for wetlands under the Clean Water Act."

"Like Justice Stevens, Elena Kagan is a known consensus builder. She is also an unquestioned legal scholar, a proven leader and a dedicated public servant. As someone who has worked my whole career expand access to justice for all, I am particularly impressed by her record at Harvard, of greatly expanding the number of law school clinics which provide essential pro bono work for individuals who otherwise could not afford legal representation."

"Every ruling made by the Supreme Court that continues to uphold constitutional protections that keep my granddaughters safe and secure is a victory. Every Supreme Court ruling that opens the door to abuses of power by the government or big business by overturning longstanding precedent or reversing congressional intent puts all of our children and grandchildren at greater risk. I will do all I can within my power to protect my family and every American family from such risks."

By Emi Kolawole  |  June 28, 2010; 4:14 PM ET
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