Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Harvard Law School student Kurt White, a decorated Iraq war veteran, joined in a press conference this morning to counter Republican assertions that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was hostile to the military as dean of the law school.

“Not only does she respect the military, she reveres the military,” said Reed, himself a West Point graduate and former Army captain who got his law degree at Harvard Law School in 1982. Critics of Kagan, he said, are “grasping at anything at all” when they accuse her of being “indifferent or worse” toward military service.