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  Dayton, Klobuchar undecided on Alito
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News DateFriday, January 13, 2006 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionVIRGINIA — A U.S. senator from Minnesota and someone who hopes to be one next year are both still undecided on whether to support or oppose Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.

U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn, and U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Amy Klobuchar were both on the Iron Range Thursday and said they still have open minds on the conservative appellate court judge nominated by Republican President George W. Bush.

Dayton said he is following the same process with Alito as he did with Judge John Roberts, who was confirmed by the Senate late last year as the new Supreme Court chief justice. The senator said he is keeping “an open mind and will read all Judiciary Committee transcripts” before making a decision. But Dayton did say he expects Alito to be confirmed.

Dayton said that Alito is “conservative, but this was expected.” The 2004 presidential election where Bush defeated Democrat Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts was about “nominating judges.”
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