Susan Rice considering 2020 challenge to Collins in Maine

Frederick Owens
October 9, 2018

"The opposition is largely driven by abortion-rights activists' fear that Kavanaugh could be the justice whose vote overturns the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision".

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, faces a new advertising campaign from a pro-Obamacare group that connects her vote for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh with Republican efforts to overturn the court's ruling on Obamacare, The Hill reports.

Collins told Bash that while she found Ford's testimony "heart-wrenching", the fact that both Ford and Kavanaugh said they were "100 percent certain" of their statements meant that she had to look to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for additional corroborating evidence.

During her appearance in New York, Rice contended her ties to ME "are long and deep".

"I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant", she told CNN's "State of the Union" in an interview scheduled to air on Sunday. "Nevertheless, the four witnesses she named could not corroborate any of the events of that evening gathering where she says the assault occurred; none of the individuals Professor Ford says were at the party has any recollection at all of that night".

With Collins voting yes, Kavanaugh's confirmation is all but certain.

Asked about Kavaungh's demeanor during the hearings, Collins said, "First let me say that I found Judge Kavanaugh's denial at the second hearing was very powerful".

USA Today reported back then: "Kavanaugh's opponents have identified Collins, along with Alaska Sen". That-not Kavanaugh's lies, or his troubling judicial record, or Ford's credible testimony about what he did to her-was what Collins felt the need to lecture Americans about.

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Speaking in New York during The New Yorker Festival, Rice said Collins "put party and politics over her own stated principles" of supporting equal rights and legalized abortion.

Collins returned to ME late Saturday after Kavanaugh was sworn into office. She said ME needs "someone who's not entrenched in the old way of doing things".

As the senators voted, protesters in the Senate gallery screamed, "I do not consent", and, "shame", forcing Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the chamber, to repeatedly call for order.

Steve Nason, 44, said he had always questioned Ms. Collins' claims to be a moderate but that her speech impressed him with its thoroughness and thoughtfulness. "Everybody knows that", Ms. Collins said.

The Maine Senator also said in a Friday speech that Kavanaugh places high importance on previous court decisions. "That's what I did in this case", she said. She gave an impassioned, lovely speech yesterday.

Democrats charged that the White House prevented the Federal Bureau of Investigation from doing a thorough probe that might have run down leads, and multiple Yale classmates of Kavanaugh's tried to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation but say they were not interviewed.

Collins was among the Republicans who said she was troubled by Rice's explanations for the deadly attack.

"I mean, that is so devastating, and I think he reacted with anger and anguish as a father of two young girls, a 10-year-old and a 13-year-old", the Maine Republican said.

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