"I did not do any kind of political calculation making my decision", Collins said. In the 45 minutes that followed, she made clear that she had no interest in listening to ME women, or to anyone else who objected to Brett Kavanaugh-and that she never did. But she did not say Kavanaugh or Judge assaulted the girls in the bedroom, nor did she provide the names of corroborating witnesses.
Collins' wholehearted embrace of these vapid GOP talking points is emblematic of her entire justification for supporting Kavanaugh, which basically consisted of her closing her eyes and plugging her ears to information that would prove inconvenient to the creation of a conservative Supreme Court majority.
She also pointed to Justice Kavanaugh's ruling on the circuit court in favor of rights of detainees in the war on terrorism - a case in which he rejected the argument of President George W. Bush, the very man he had served for years as staff secretary and who had appointed him to the appeals court. According to a new report from Planned Parenthood, 25 million US women of reproductive age "are poised to lose access to abortion immediately if Kavanaugh is the fifth vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade".
Collins told the Senate: 'To my knowledge, Judge Kavanaugh is the first Supreme Court nominee to express the view that precedent is not only a practice and a tradition, but rooted in Article 3 of our constitution itself'.
She said she believed that Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, was sexually assaulted, but that there was no corroboration that Kavanaugh was her assailant. Rice is not now a ME resident - she has family ties to the state - but would bring political celebrity that could make it hard for the state's shallow bench of lesser-known Democrats to stand out.
"I found Dr. Ford's testimony to be heart-wrenching, painful, compelling, and I believe that she believes what she testified to", she said.
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"I have met with so many Mainers that were sexual assault survivors", she told the TV station.
"The threats and opposition she has faced as of late did not deter her from her duties and convictions", he said. She said she'd give a possible Senate bid "due consideration after the midterms". "Everybody knows that", Ms. Collins said.
Opponents of Collins have been raising money via Crowdpac, a nonprofit crowdfunding website, and by some accounts have taken in more than $2 million to date.
The Democrats' prospect list is topped by Rep. Chellie Pingree, who Collins defeated once already, back in 2002.
"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.
"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. During her remarks, the senator briefly touched on Saturday's momentous vote.
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Both men will likely see their futures re-evaluated after the elections, Trump advisers have said. Trump walked off Air Force One with Rosenstein and Chief of Staff John Kelly.
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