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The Senate has begun what could be several days of debate on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says Alito is "exceptionally well qualified" to be the 110th justice on the high court. He says senators who oppose Alito "are smearing a decent and honorable man."

As debate begins, Alito already has enough commitments to be confirmed.

Most Democrats have expressed concern that Alito will be too deferential to presidential power. They could use the debate on Alito's confirmation to continue raising that issue.