Sparks Fly as Collins, Hirono Debate Kavanaugh Confirmation

Collins: I did what I thought was right

Collins: I did what I thought was right

The senator told the Associated Press that the local response has been "overwhelmingly positive", claiming, "Many people have thanked me for my vote and have said that they were very pleased that I did the right thing".

Sen. Susan Collins said that although she thought newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh "stepped over the line" during his confirmation process, she ultimately put herself "in his shoes" when considering his temperament and fitness for the court.

Hirono also pushed back on Collins' assertion that the supplemental investigation yielded no corroborating evidence supporting Ford's account.

"As far as Susan Rice is concerned, her family has a home in ME, but she doesn't live in the state of Maine".

"I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant", the Maine Republican told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" in an interview slated to air on Sunday.

But Maine's senior senator was clearly pained by the notion that her confirmation vote for Kavanaugh means she is abandoning women's rights issues, the TV stations reported. She said she doesn't believe Kavanaugh would be influenced by the fact that President Trump gave him the job, or that he would work with the other four conservative judges to restrict access to birth control or overturn Roe v. Wade.

"It's certainly been a difficult situation", she said of the hard feelings over the Kavanaugh nomination.

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. "He perhaps needs to withdraw, "' she said. "My voting record clearly shows that".

Kavanaugh, who had been serving as a lawyer during the Bush administration, said in an email made public by the Senate Judiciary Committee: 'I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so'.

"I have great respect for Susan Collins, and I always have", he added.

"The threats and opposition she has faced as of late did not deter her from her duties and convictions", he said.

Sweet said a big factor would be whether Collins, 65, decides to run at all. "Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent" briefly crashed the Crowdpac website hosting the campaign.

We're already starting to get an idea of who might challenge Collins in 2020.

"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.

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

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

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".

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