Collins: ‘I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was’ Ford’s assailant

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"As I watch numerous Senators speak and vote on the floor of the Senate I feel like I'm right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way".

But Penny Lynn, a 39-year-old social worker who was dismayed by Justice Kavanaugh's defense of himself against the sexual assault claim, said Ms. Collins will suffer for her defense of the nominee.

Collins, one of the few pro-choice Republicans in the Senate, has asserted that Kavanaugh considers Roe v. Wade "settled law" and would not vote to overturn that 1973 decision.

"This vote is a complete betrayal of ME voters, of the women who have called her offices, and written letters, and organized phone banks, and attended rallies, and told their very deeply painful stories to her and her staff".

She said that when Kavanaugh was first nominated to federal court in 2004 his nomination was delayed by Democrats for two years and he faced very hostile hearings.

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Rice, a Democrat, had hinted her interest in a Senate run in a one-word tweet on Friday, responding "me" to an open question about who wanted to run against Collins. "She didn't stop", Trump said.

On the subject of Kavanaugh, she told reporters the supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that she pushed for, along with GOP Sens.

On Saturday night, Trump portrayed his successful confirmation vote on Kavanaugh as a reason voters should elect Republicans in next month's nationwide congressional elections, when the political control of Congress is at stake.

"I found Dr. Ford's testimony to be heart-wrenching, painful, compelling, and I believe that she believes what she testified to", Collins said.

"We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be", Ms. Collins said.

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She also "didn't speak to about 30 protesters gathered in front of her home in Bangor" on Sunday.

Rice, who also served as the US ambassador to the United Nations under Obama, said she appreciated the enthusiasm about her potential run, but said people who are angry about Kavanaugh should focus on the midterm elections. Susan Collins said on the Senate floor.

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.

Republican lawmakers accused her of underplaying the attack as a spontaneous act of violence in response to an anti-Muslim film.

Rice has a home in ME, a source said, and her family has ties to the state: Her mother, an education policy expert who was instrumental in the creation of the Pell Grant, was born there.

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Whether it's Ms. Rice or someone else, the Democratic challenger will quickly be able to tap the $3.4 million in campaign cash raised by the liberal advocates who tried to sway Ms. Collins' vote - $1 million of which was pledged within hours of her speech. She called it "the most hard in the 22 years that I've been honored to represent the state of Maine in the Senate". "My bottom line is I'm going to give it due consideration, after the midterms".