Left turns vicious on Sen. Susan Collins

Left turns vicious on Sen. Susan Collins

"What moved me. was a sense of outrage and frustration that somebody who fashions herself a moderate centrist, and somebody who cares for equal rights and LGBT rights and Roe v. Wade and all of this stuff, could in a very political fashion not just decide to vote for Kavanaugh but do it in a fashion that was quite dismissive of the concerns of many Americans and many Mainers", Rice said, according to an account by the Associated Press.

Three weeks ago, Maine Republican Susan Collins was the darling of those opposing Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation.

Kavanaugh's confirmation was stalled by accusations of sexual misconduct when he was in high school and college, but Collins and others said they were won over by his forceful denials and a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation report they say produced no evidence corroborating the claims.

"As far as Susan Rice is concerned, her family has a home in ME, but she doesn't live in the state of Maine. Threats or other attempts to bully her will not play a factor in her decision making whatsoever". Susan Collins of ME isn't up for re-election until 2020, but critics vowed today she'll pay a political price for voting for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Collins said confidently that she is not concerned - and admitted she "could not vote for a judge who had demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade" - adding that it would 'indicate a lack of respect for precedent'.

But then, she heard Kavanaugh's rebuttal.

Turning to the assault accusations, Ms. Collins said she found accuser Christine Blasey Ford's testimony "sincere, painful and compelling".

Despite being lambasted by protesting Democrats over the weekend, Collins revealed she feels "very comfortable" with her decision following thorough review as well as her own personal consultation with the judge.

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On the Senate floor, Collins made two main assertions to back up her "yes" vote: She promised that she had done her homework on Kavanaugh's judicial record, and claimed to have carefully reviewed Christine Blasey Ford's testimony as well as the ensuing Federal Bureau of Investigation report.

One point on which both Collins and Hirono appeared to agree, curiously, was that Kavanaugh's installment on the Supreme Court is unlikely to lead to overturning Roe v. Wade. Susan Collins said on the Senate floor.

Gideon, who's often clashed with outgoing Republican Gov. Paul LePage, said she's focused on winning more Democratic seats in the Maine House for now. "The country needed what Susan Collins provided today - reason, facts and an understanding of who we are as a nation. She didn't stop", Trump said.

"It's too soon to say what I might do", Hannah Pingree told the AP. "Everybody knows that", Ms. Collins said.

"[Witnesses who were interviewed] all said they have no recollection. I have to do what I think is right, and that is what I did".

While her vote spurred criticism, Collins was cheered by Republicans including past and former presidents.

"It would be pretty awesome to have a senator from ME who was a woman of color", said the 55-year-old university policy analyst.

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