This is going to be the most important, most controversial Supreme Court confirmation battle since Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.

We're going to make sure that Americans understand what is at stake.

We are disappointed with those Democrats and moderate Republicans who chose to support Judge Roberts despite his long record of working to undermine rights and legal protections, his evasive answers to the Senate, and the Bush administration's continued refusal to release key documents that would have illuminated his record and approach to the Constitution.

I remember friends of mine like Wyche Fowler, Alan Dixon who lost Senate seats, ... They were Democrats who voted for Clarence Thomas.

The fight has just begun.

The death of chief justice Rehnquist and the president's nomination of John Roberts raises the stakes for the court and the American people exponentially.

We've just begun to fight.

There's no question there will be an acceleration of efforts.