While her vote spurred criticism, Collins was cheered by Republicans including past and former presidents. "I can not conclude, based on the evidence and the complete lack of corroboration that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant". A crowdsourcing group says it has secured pledges of more than $3 million for her opponent in 2020.
Kavanaugh's nomination, one of the most contentious in USA history, had roiled Washington and the US political scene for weeks, with Kavanaugh accused by a woman of sexually assaulting her when both were high school teenagers more than 30 years ago, allegations that in the end did not derail the appointment of the appellate court judge one level up to the high court. The Bangor Daily News reported that the senator was greeted by protesters when she switched planes in Philadelphia while traveling from Washington, D.C.to ME on Saturday night following the final vote on Kavanaugh. My fervent hope is that Brett Kavanaugh will work to lessen the divisions in the Supreme Court'.
With Collins voting yes, Kavanaugh's confirmation is all but certain. According to a new report from Planned Parenthood, 25 million USA women of reproductive age "are poised to lose access to abortion immediately if Kavanaugh is the fifth vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade".
"I think that this has been an awakening for this country", she said.
In reply to Dickerson's question why the fact that Fold told her husband and her therapist about the assault long ago did not amount to corroboration, Collins cited Ford's failure to avail herself of the opportunity to have further interviews with bipartisan staff investigators of the Judiciary Committee.
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Saint John resident Michael Steeves says he was driving about a kilometre away when he noticed the fire and thick, black smoke. An explosion shook the city of Saint John, New Brunswick, after a "major incident" at an Irving Oil refinery.
Republican lawmakers accused her of underplaying the attack as a spontaneous act of violence in response to an anti-Muslim film.
When another Obama official tweeted asking who would challenge Collins in the 2020 Senate election, Rice said she'd rise to the occasion replying "Me", stirring surprise on the internet.
"I was glad that he apologized to Amy Klobuchar in particular, " she said. "The most hard in the 22 years I've been honored to represent the State of Maine in the United States Senate".
On a stop at CNN during her cable news tour, Collins was dismissive of Rice.
Over the weekend, Collins reiterated her claim on CNN's "State of the Union" that Ford was likely assaulted-but that she had somehow mis-remembered the perpetrator, both when she testified about the allegation in September and in 2012 when she spoke to a therapist about the experience.
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. "My bottom line is I'm going to give it due consideration, after the midterms, " she said. She said her flight was delayed but she was determined return to ME for the dedication of a bridge honoring the late Cpl.