Susan Rice considering 2020 challenge to Collins in Maine

Susan Rice considering 2020 challenge to Collins in Maine

The Republican senator from ME was considered a swing vote throughout the contentious nomination process, during which Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.

At a Judiciary Committee hearing in late September, Kavanaugh answered questions about those allegations and others, at times becoming combative and testy with Democratic members of the committee, including when Minnesota Democratic Sen.

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. She has been essentially untouchable politically for over a decade, winning her last two reelections by 2-to-1 margins.

"I'm going to help raise $3 million to match that because that criticism is absolutely abominable that they would say that about her for everything that she has stood for in her lifetime related to feminist issues", Grassley told Martha MacCallum on "The Story".

Collins is not up for re-election until 2020. But it didn't stop there.

Collins has received rave reviews from left-wing activists in the past, particularly for her "no" vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare. She talked about this assault to her husband, to others, before Brett Kavanaugh was ever nominated to the Supreme Court.

Diane Russell, a Democratic activist, said Collins voted to "betray ME women and ME survivors" by ignoring their stories.

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A crowdsourcing effort has already amassed $3.6 million for whoever emerges as the Democratic nominee to challenge Collins in 2020. The would-be candidates include Susan Rice, who had been one of President Barack Obama's closest aides.

In Washington, President Donald Trump said Saturday that he thought Collins was "incredible" and that she "gave an impassioned, handsome speech".

"She said that Dr. Ford thinks that she was assaulted, which is even more insulting than saying that she gave a very credible account".

A third commenter added: "Susan Collins betrayed women with her support of Kavanaugh".

"Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be a rubber stamp on his war on health care was a true test of Senator Collins's commitment to health care", Protect Our Care Chairwoman Leslie Dach told The Hill.

In voting with her party, Collins exploded the myth that there is a viable moderate wing of the GOP at the national level.

On the unfair way Merrill Garland was treated, Susan Collins was silent. @SenatorCollins has made it clear that she can no longer call herself a women's rights champion.

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