Nelson has 'very favorable impression' of Kagan

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said after meeting with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan that he saw “nothing at this point” that would cause him to vote against her nomination.

Still, the conservative Democrat said he would withhold final judgment on Kagan until the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings were complete.

“I have a very favorable personal impression of her,” Nelson told reporters after meeting with Kagan in his Senate office. He also said her lack of judicial experience was not a particular concern for him, as it has been for some Republicans. “She has other experience, I think, that has compensated,” Nelson said.

His statements offered further indication of a smooth confirmation process for Kagan, who has earned positive initial reviews from Senate moderates despite criticism from conservatives. Kagan met with seven more senators on Wednesday, all Democrats.