Trump Decries ‘Nasty Rumor’ that Susan Collins Wouldn’t Support Barrett Nomination

Henrietta Strickland
October 19, 2020

But it's no rumor because Collins herself has said it publicly on Twitter, and the reason why she's taken this position seems pretty obvious: the latest ME poll has her trailing Democratic challenger Sara Gideon in the polls by 7 points, while other recent polls indicate an extremely tight race.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins sparred with her Democrat opponent, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, over the state's handling of coronavirus during a debate on Thursday, touting her initiatives in seeking economic relief during the pandemic and pointing to Gideon's failure to lend her support as a state lawmaker.

"We do have a judiciary that has been politicized".

Gideon also pointed out that ME has among the nation's lowest COVID-19 infection and death rates because "the leadership that has happened here" and despite a lack of leadership at the national level from President Trump.

The candidates' exchanges about managing the pandemic come after Gideon launched an attack ad in June on Collins' support for the PPP, inaccurately suggesting that Collins helped craft a self-serving bill while abandoning the state's needs. "Those 181 judicial nominees that she chose to confirm, some of them were rated unqualified by the American Bar Association and some of them came with distinct social and political agendas".

"Right now we need leadership at the federal level and we need to know that no matter what happens to the Affordable Care Act, we have a Congress that is actually going to protect and expand people's health care", Gideon said.

The incumbent senator discussed how it helped sustain paychecks and benefits for 250,000 ME workers and also stated that she is pushing for further relief, especially for the hardest-hit businesses in the Pine Tree State such as restaurants and those in the tourism industry.

I have followed Senator Susan Collins' career closely for the past 24 years that she has been in office.

ME has remained one of the states least affected by the virus, both in terms of infection rate and the economy, and Collins, one of the original architects of the federal loan program that provided financial relief to small businesses, highlighted during the debate the program's success in ME in a time of economic crisis.

"Neither of those things is an accident", Gideon said. "That's in direct contrast to the lack of leadership from the federal government". Linn also pointed out he is the only Senate candidate to support Barrett's nomination. Savage, a Maine Green Independent Party member running as an independent, advocated for "Medicare For All" and bold climate action during the debate.

Linn also sought, throughout Thursday's debate, to portray himself as the logical alternative to voters who are exhausted of the two major parties. His behavior attracted attention in previous debates in which he cut up a mask in protest of coronavirus-inspired facial covering requirements and used profanity on air.

The Senate race in ME has featured a record amount of fundraising and and spending, both from the campaigns themselves and from various political action committees supporting or opposing the respective candidates. The race is one of a handful of pivotal contests - including others in Iowa, North Carolina, Arizona and elsewhere - that are likely to decide control of the Senate.

The tight race with Gideon is an unfamiliar position for Collins, who has typically cruised to reelection in previous bids.

President Donald Trump went after Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) on Twitter for saying she will vote against his Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Trump did not tweet about Murkowski on Friday.

The president further criticized Collins for not supporting his "opening up 5,000 square miles of Ocean to ME", referring to his decision this year to open the Northeast Canyon and Seamounts Marine National Monument to commercial fishing. "Not worth the work!"

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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