Maine Senator Susan Collins Could Face Senate Challenge From Former Obama Adviser Susan Rice After Backing Brett Kavanaugh

Harriet Agerholm @HarrietAgerholm

President Barack Obama‘s former national security adviser Susan Rice has said she is considering trying to unseat Republican Senator Susan Collins at the next election in Maine in 2020.

Ms Collins cast a deciding vote to confirm conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court after three women accused him of sexual assault. Mr Kavanaugh vigorously denies the allegations.

Ms Rice said the senator had “put party and politics over her own stated principles” of supporting equal rights and legal abortions.

“I think in a way that I really regret saying, she has betrayed women across this country,” she said at the The New Yorker Festival in New York.

Ms Rice, who also served as US ambassador to the United Nations (UN) under the Obama administration, said she would decide whether to run for the Senate from Maine in 2020 after next month’s midterm elections.

It comes after Dr Christine Blasey Ford testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Mr Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party when the two were teenagers.

Senator Susan Collins, (R) Maine

Senator Susan Collins, (R) Maine

Shortly before the Supreme Court vote, Ms Collins said: ”I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the Court.”

However, she described Dr Ford’s testimony as “sincere, painful and compelling.”

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