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 CollinsRosenstein faces Trump showdown Kavanaugh: I'm asking for a 'fair process' Collins: Second Kavanaugh accuser should speak with Senate panel under oath  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 MurkowskiPolice arrest 128 protesting Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill GOP launches counteroffensive on Kavanaugh Kavanaugh protesters descend on Collins, Flake offices on Capitol Hill MORE (Alaska), also considered a potential swing vote, has told reporters she plans to meet with Kavanaugh this week.