Collins, Murkowski glad they had each other for no votes on healthcare

GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 Overnight Health Care: Watchdog finds Tom Price improperly used funds on flights | Ex-Novartis CEO sent drug pricing proposal to Cohen | HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 Overnight Energy: House to vote on anti-carbon tax measure | Dem says EPA obstructed 'politically charged' FOIA requests | GOP looks to overhaul endangered species law MORE (Alaska) said they were glad that they had each other when they voted against moving forward on the Republican healthcare bill last week, the pair said Thursday on CNN.

The two were the only Republicans who voted against the motion to proceed on the healthcare vote, leading the Senate to begin debating on their plans to repeal and replace ObamaCare. The Republicans eventually failed to pass even their watered-down "skinny" repeal plan after Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate Dems tell Trump: Don't meet with Putin one-on-one McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 Overnight Defense: Fears rise over Trump-Putin summit | McCain presses Trump to hold Putin 'accountable' for hacking | Pentagon does damage control after NATO meet MORE (R-Ariz.) joined them in voting against the measure. 

The Republican women spoke with CNN’s Dana Bash about their experience Thursday, indicating that they were happy they were voting from their seats and sitting next to each other when they voted against the GOP healthcare measures.

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“I was very happy that Lisa was literally sitting next to me as we were voting from our seats,” Collins said.

“To have that weight, that responsibility knowing that your vote really is that pivotal, it does help to know that there is another kindred soul close by,” Murkowski added.

Bash commented that the pair are seen as both heroes and heretics to different people across the country. Collins responded that she was willing to cast the “uncomfortable” vote against her party’s line because she was representing her constituents, despite knowing it could make members of the Republican Party angry with her.

Both senators faced backlash from Republicans for their votes against the healthcare push. Trump specifically targeted Murkowski in a tweet after her vote, saying her votes “let the Republicans, and our country, down.” One Republican lawmaker even said he would challenge the senators to a duel if they weren’t women.

Murkowski said she voted that way because it was “the right thing” and that she shouldn’t be focused on the repercussions from the Republican Party.

“I don’t believe we should be motivated or discouraged from taking the positions that are important to the people we represent and our respective states,” she said.