"In this case, it was obvious that people would be very angry with me no matter what I did".
During her appearance in New York, Rice contended her ties to ME "are long and deep".
"She says that Dr. Ford thinks that she was assaulted, which is even more insulting than saying that she gave a very credible account", Hirono told CNN on Sunday of her GOP colleague, who helped pave the way for Kavanaugh's confirmation by a 50-48 Senate vote on Saturday.
She also "didn't speak to about 30 protesters gathered in front of her home in Bangor" on Sunday.
But Maine's senior senator was clearly pained by the notion that her confirmation vote for Kavanaugh means she is abandoning women's rights issues, the TV stations reported.
Collins said confidently that she is not concerned - and admitted she "could not vote for a judge who had demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade" - adding that it would 'indicate a lack of respect for precedent'.
"It's certainly been a difficult situation", she said of the hard feelings over the Kavanaugh nomination.
Collins of ME said Ford's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee was "heart-wrenching" but added that Kavanaugh also passionately denied her accusations.
Pingree's daughter, Hannah, who served as the youngest woman elected state house speaker before stepping away from politics, said she's waiting until after the midterms to decide on a Collins challenge.
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'I asked him, "Is it sufficient? if five current, sitting justices believe that Roe should be overturned?"'
The emergence of a crowded field in a Senate contest two years away underscores the extraordinary political moment triggered by the debate over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
"First of all, I have never disregarded, disrespected or mocked survivors".
However, Rice didn't say she wouldn't run for a Maine Senate seat.
The Democrats' prospect list is topped by Rep. Chellie Pingree, who Collins defeated once already, back in 2002.
"The threats and opposition she has faced as of late did not deter her from her duties and convictions", he said. They had even attempted what some senators called a "bribe", raising millions of dollars in campaign pledges that they said they would donate to her opponent if she voted for President Trump's nominee.
"Over the years, the people of Maine have trusted me to exercise my best judgment".
Democrats charged that the White House prevented the Federal Bureau of Investigation from doing a thorough probe that might have run down leads, and multiple Yale classmates of Kavanaugh's tried to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation but say they were not interviewed.
When she finished her speech Sen.
"Collins is on the attack and trying to spin the narrative in her favor", the local grassroots group Mainers for Accountable Leadership wrote on Facebook.