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Susan Collins: ‘I do not believe’ Kavanaugh was Ford’s assailant

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No, the scrum consists of potential challengers to Sen.

A crowdsourcing effort has already amassed $3.6 million for whoever emerges as the Democratic nominee to challenge Collins in 2020.

"I've said to the women who are justifiably angry but determined. they should be just focused like a laser beam on the elections", Hirono added.

Collins said that former President George W. Bush and his former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice both called her to assure her that Kavanaugh's temperament and alleged drinking habits wouldn't be an issue. Fighting allegations of sexual misconduct from three decades ago, he won confirmation by a razor-thin margin on Saturday over the screaming objections of Democrats and women's groups in all corners of the nation.

"If you fail to stand up for the people of ME and for Americans across the country, every dollar donated to this campaign will go to your eventual Democratic opponent in 2020", the campaign description reads. Susan Collins (R-ME) in 2020 will start off their campaign with almost $3 million, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign opposing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The short tweet - which came less than an hour after Collins, a Maine Republican, announced she would vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court - caught national and state Democrats by surprise. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) was openly dismissive and obviously peeved over that argument, which either assumes mistaken identity or Ford's lack of mental acuity.

"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. "The last 20 so years I've been a home owner in the state of Maine, so it's not completely insane", she said.

"I found Dr. Ford's testimony to be heart-wrenching, painful, compelling, and I believe that she believes what she testified to", she said. "I do believe that she was assaulted".

At a Judiciary Committee hearing in late September, Kavanaugh answered questions about those allegations and others, at times becoming combative and testy with Democratic members of the committee, including when Minnesota Democratic Sen.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of longtime ME politicians who appear to be taking a serious look at challenging Collins, which itself is notable. "She didn't stop", Trump said.

Speaking at a New Yorker festival in NY over the weekend, Rice said she would make a decision on whether to run next cycle after the November midterms, and she accused Collins of putting "party and politics" over principles and for betraying women who hoped she would vote against Kavanaugh.

With her over-the-top vote of confidence in Kavanaugh, Collins, in all likelihood, spared herself a primary in 2020 but guaranteed she will face a torrent of criticism for two years - intensified each time Kavanaugh renders the sort of opinion Collins said he never would write.