Collins Continues Her Support for Kavanaugh: I Don’t ‘Regret My Vote in the Least’

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) doesn’t regret voting in support of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh after controversy over his confirmation swept the nation’s capital.

The swing-vote senator chose to support Kavanaugh’s confirmation to “the highest court in the land” after chaotic confirmation hearings as he was accused of sexual misconduct from decades ago, as well as other accusations, which resulted in an FBI investigation.

“I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” Collins previously said in support of then-nominee Kavanaugh. “The allegations fail to meet the ‘more likely than not’ standard.”

Collins was a crucial vote to confirm Kavanaugh, but leading up to her support for him, she and her family received threats during his confirmation process. She later revealed that Kavanaugh had sent her a text message after the confirmation saying “he would work hard to make me proud and the American people proud.”

The Republican senator told The New York Times in an article published on Saturday, “I do not regret my vote in the least.” She pointed to Kavanaugh’s record on abortion in backing her supporting for him.

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“I’m an important voice for the nation in an increasingly polarized environment,” Collins told the Times. “There are so few members left in the center.”

She added, “It’s ironic to me that I am among Chuck Schumer’s top targets when there is no one who works more across the aisle.”

As IJR Blue reported, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon (D) is looking to challenge Collins in the 2020 election. Gideon said in her announcement on June 24, “Susan Collins’ vote to put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court may be paying off for her, but it’s put women’s control over their own health care decisions in extreme jeopardy.”

However, in a Maine polling by Gravis Marketing, conducted on June 24, Collins garnered 44% of the support by those polls, if the election were held that day, compared to 30% in support of Gideon.

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Tom
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Good for her.

Pat Warnock
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Why is Collins still being attacked? She isn’t allowed a conscience vote?

Otis
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I’m glad Senator Collins stands by her convictions without apology. I haven’t always agreed with her, but I admire anyone who stands by what they believe rather than flip-flop as the wind blows. Keep on truckin’ Senator Collins and I hope your example rubs off on some of your less-committed colleagues.

Sherri
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As she shouldn’t!!!

Cherl
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She should still support Kavanaugh. He is an excellent choice. But was treated abysmally by attention seeking and hatefilled liberals.

Phyllis Softa
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Susan Collins would have the vote of posters from FL, OR, and NY. Joe Manchin from WV endorsed her months ago. Any posters from Maine want to weigh in? She is the ONLY R U.S. Senator remaining that voted for Stimulus in 2009 amid the worst recession since the Depression. She is 1 of 2 R U.S. Senators remaining that voted AGAINST repealing Obamacare. She is 1 of 2 R U.S. Senators that voted against an unqualified Betsy DeVos. Collins is one of 2 (Murkowski being the other) Republicans that works across the aisle. Joe Manchin is one of the… Read more »

Cherl
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And she should be proud of her decision. It was the right thing to do. The Democrats turned it into a clown show. Kavanaugh did not deserve what was thrown at him by a nut case of a woman.

James
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Sen. Collins would definitely have my vote. Common sense must prevail over lockstep Party loyalty; or, there’s no sense in expecting them to be our elected “representatives”.

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