Susan Collins: I don't believe Kavanaugh was Ford's assailant

Collins: I did what I thought was right

Watch: CNN's Dana Bash Rattles Susan Collins by Asking If She 'Betrayed Women' with Kavanaugh Vote

If liberal activists have their way, Ms. Collins will disappear from the Senate, too.

Still, Republicans and even some Democrats have continued to doubt her memory of the alleged incident, citing the lack of "corroborating" witnesses from the party.

They had reason to hope she was on their side after Ms. Collins late last month demanded that the Federal Bureau of Investigation look into sexual misconduct accusations lobbed at Justice Kavanaugh, dating back to high school and college parties in the 1980s.

Collins told Bash that while she found Ford's testimony "heart-wrenching", the fact that both Ford and Kavanaugh said they were "100 percent certain" of their statements meant that she had to look to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for additional corroborating evidence.

People protest on the steps of the Supreme Court after the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Oct. 6, 2018 in Washington.

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

Where they saw opposition to Obamacare in his rulings, she saw a careful judge whose reasoning that the Affordable Care Act was a use of Congress' taxing power closely mirrored the logic that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. would later use to declare the 2010 health care law mostly constitutional. 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".

Ingraham asked McConnell about a vague tweet from former Obama administration official Susan Rice, in which she appeared to threaten to run against Collins in her next reelection bid.

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Among the transcripts, is one of an interview with Judge.

As he did during his confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh also told Collins that Roe v. Wade, which was affirmed by the Supreme Court in a 1992 case, is "a precedent on a precedent". All of them involved the high court's constraint of the power of an overzealous president.

"I feel very comfortable that I've made the right decision", Collins said. "And I know it for a fact because I spoke with her, she didn't stop". "We still have in this country certain fundamental principles, due process, fairness, a presumption of innocence", she said. She gave an impassioned, lovely speech yesterday.

"If you care at all about women's choice, vote no Kavanaugh".

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

Collins said on the Senate floor last week that she doesn't think Kavanaugh would vote to overturn the healthcare law.

"I've had the honor of serving in the Senate for almost 22 years, and this is as ugly a situation as I've ever seen during that time", Collins said.

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During her appearance in New York, Rice contended her ties to ME "are long and deep". But if she were to vote no, people who donated wouldn't be charged, and no money would go toward her challenger.

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Her constituents in ME have taken notice, raising some four million dollars for her eventual 2020 opponent.

From the right, though, Ms. Collins' speech was hailed as a landmark statement of decency and fairness.

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"It should be required viewing in every civics class in America", he said.

The Democrats' prospect list is topped by Rep. Chellie Pingree, who Collins defeated once already, back in 2002. "She rejected winning at all costs and the politics of personal destruction".

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

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Collins said: "I'm going to do what I think is right".

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