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Hearings start for Supreme Court top nominee
Democrats vow tough questions, but few obstacles expected for Roberts
CNN - Sen. Arlen Specter, Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, began by asking Roberts about his respect for the precedence of Roe, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
Roberts declined to say whether he thought Roe was a proper ruling. "I should stay away from discussion of specific cases," he politely told Specter.