Supreme Battle: Sen. Scott Brown vs. Sen. John McCain

May 13, 2010 6:07 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Sens. Brown and McCain

Several Republican lawmakers are pushing the false charge that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan "banned" military recruiters from campus during her tenure as dean of Harvard Law School. 

For instance, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that he's "outraged" by Kagan's attitude toward the armed forces. (McCain also blamed her for a university-wide policy on ROTC, which was put in place when Kagan was in the fourth grade.)

This afternoon, however, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) poured some cold water on the conservative attacks. After a private meeting with the nominee, Brown said he was confident that Kagan is "very supportive of the military as a whole."  The Hill reports:

"She answered it, I felt, very honestly, and it was very clear to me after we spoke about it at length that she is supportive of the men and women who are fighting to protect us and very supportive of the military as a whole," Brown told reporters after the meeting.

"I do not feel that her judicial philosophy will be hurting men and women who are serving," Brown added.

It's worth mentioning that Brown serves in the Massachusetts National Guard as a Lt. Colonel in the JAG Corps.  In January, McCain endorsed Brown's candidacy, saying: "As an officer on the Army National Guard, he understands the importance of a strong military."

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