Collins, seen as possible swing vote, set to meet with Kavanaugh

Collins, seen as possible swing vote, set to meet with Kavanaugh
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GOP Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Collins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights MORE (Maine) will meet with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, her office has announced.

Collins is widely considered a potential swing vote on Kavanaugh, who, if confirmed, is expected to help tilt the Supreme Court to the right for decades.

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Kavanaugh’s nomination has raised alarm among progressive outside groups over concerns, in particular, that he could help overturn or curb Roe v Wade, the landmark abortion rights case. Kavanaugh was nominated to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, the fifth vote on a 1992 decision that upheld Roe.

Collins has said she could not support a nominee who had “demonstrated hostility” to Roe v Wade. 

She said separately in the wake of Kennedy’s retirement announcement that she looks for judges who “respect precedent.”

"I view Roe v. Wade as being settled law. It's clearly precedent and I always look for judges who respect precedent," Collins told reporters in June, hours after Kennedy’s retirement was announced

Collins is one of the last Republican senators to announce a meeting with Kavanaugh. GOP Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMurkowski celebrates birthday with electric scooter ride Overnight Energy: Park Service plans to pay full-time staff through entrance fees | Oil companies join blitz for carbon tax | Interior chief takes heat for saying he hasn't 'lost sleep' over climate change Democrats grill Trump Interior chief for saying he hasn't 'lost sleep' over climate change MORE (Alaska), also considered a potential swing vote, has told reporters she plans to meet with Kavanaugh this week.