Judiciary Committee Opens Roberts Hearing

CAPITOL HILL (AP) - Senator Ted Kennedy says there are "real and serious reasons to be deeply concerned" about John Roberts' potential impact on the court.

The Democrat says the chief justice nominee must show he's ready to "uphold the progress" Americans have achieved in their rights and liberties. Kennedy says Roberts' opinions on civil rights, voting rights and the right to privacy must be fully explored. And, he says Roberts has to "fully and candidly" answer questions from lawmakers.

But, Republican Charles Grassley says the confirmation hearings must not turn into "badgering of a nominee about how he'll rule" on various issues. He accuses liberal groups of seeking a judge to "do their political bidding."