Collins: No ‘political calculus’ in Kavanaugh decision

Collins: No ‘political calculus’ in Kavanaugh decision
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits | House Republicans introduce bill to speed mining projects for critical minerals | Watchdog faults EPA communications in contamination of NC river The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities MORE (R-Maine) said Sunday that she did not weigh the political consequences in her decision to vote for Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

"I did not try to weigh a political calculus to this decision," Collins told "60 Minutes," after agreeing that it was "likely true" that her decision would appeal to voters in Maine.

"It’s too important for that," she said. "I just had to do what I think is right."

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Collins was one of the few swing votes on Kavanaugh's confirmation and she helped secure his position on the Supreme Court Sunday when she chose to back him.

She gave a passionate speech on the Senate floor explaining her vote, in which she slammed how the confirmation process had progressed and stated that the allegations of Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct did not meet the "more likely than not" standard. 

"Today we have come to the conclusion of a confirmation process that has become so dysfunctional, it looks more like a caricature of a gutter level political campaign than a solemn occasion," she said.

"Our Supreme Court confirmation process has been in steady decline for more than 30 years," she said. "One can only hope that the Kavanaugh nomination is where the process has finally hit rock bottom."

Her remarks have been criticized by some on the left, such as Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoFederal judges should be allowed to be Federalist Society members Senate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers Conservative group launches campaign accusing Democrats of hypocrisy on Kavanuagh, Biden MORE (D-Hawaii), who said Collins's statements were "insulting" to one of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct.