Thursday, 13 December, 2018


Collins says she put herself 'in his shoes' when considering Kavanaugh's temperament

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Bennie Garza | 09 October, 2018, 15:26

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.

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. 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.

"He is coming forth and answering an allegation that includes that he was involved in gang-raping and doping girls", Collins told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" in an interview that aired Sunday.

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

Hirono was not alone in her concerns about Collins' speech on the Senate floor on Friday and the decision to vote for Kavanaugh.

Susan Rice, who was President Barack Obama's national security adviser, caused a stir Friday afternoon when she tweeted "Me" when another former Obama official asked who could challenge Sen.

USA Today reported back then: "Kavanaugh's opponents have identified Collins, along with Alaska Sen".

Collins explained that her decision to support Kavanaugh was influenced by an absence of evidence corroborating Ford's account, including the failure of Ford's longtime friend Leland Keyser to corroborate it.

As the Senate emptied Saturday, the tension of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation finally lessening, Sen.

"The last 20-so years I've been a homeowner in the state of Maine, so it's not completely insane", she said, adding: "My bottom line is I'm going to give it due consideration, after the midterms". Full stop. She's a disgrace to the Senate and to Maine.

The book is closed on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. "Everybody knows that", Ms. Collins said.

"It's too soon to say what I might do", Hannah Pingree told the AP.

"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.

Three men, current Democratic Senate nominee Zak Ringelstein, state Rep. Seth Berry and Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling, said they're more interested in supporting a female candidate than running themselves.

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

Now, Halsted said, Collins' constituents are "ready to support a senator from Maine who is going to stand up for Mainers and do what's right for the country, regardless of political party-and I think people realize Susan Collins is not that senator".

Collins gave the White House a reason to be optimistic when she told CNN she found it to be a 'very thorough investigation'.

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