Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was a swing vote during the confirmation of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, announcing at the last second her support for his nomination. Now, the Republican senator is expressing how she’s “not prepared” to endorse President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
“I’m not prepared at this point to make that decision,” the Maine Republican told “PBS NewsHour’s” Judy Woodruff, noting she’s focused on her 2020 re-election campaign.
Looking to the future, Collins is currently unsure yet if she’ll endorse Trump.
“I’m going to have to see what happens between now and then and look at what his [Trump’s] record is,” Collins said.
“I can’t imagine that I would endorse any of the Democrats who are running right now, but I’m going to focus on 2020 in 2020,” she added. “I’m neither ruling it in nor ruling it out.”
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.@JudyWoodruff: "Are you, at this point, prepared to endorse President Trump?"@SenatorCollins: "I'm really focused on my own [re-election] campaign for 2020, and I really haven't focused on the presidential campaign. So, I'm not prepared at this point to make that decision." pic.twitter.com/b31DzPJ9L3
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) January 29, 2019
The GOP senator gathered a lot of attention during Kavanaugh’s confirmation when the judge faced sexual misconduct accusations from his time in high school.
Collins announced she would “vote to confirm” Kavanaugh due to the fact “the allegations fail to meet the ‘more likely than not’ standard.”
Collins’ stance during the 2016 presidential election
During the 2016 presidential election, Collins split from her Republican colleagues, announcing in a Washington Post op-ed that she would not vote for Trump.
“This is not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican,” she wrote. “But Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country.”
It’s unsure when she will announce her stance for the 2020 presidential election and if she will endorse Trump’s re-election bid.