The Portland Press Herald reports:
Republican Sen. Susan Collins, amid the toughest reelection fight of her career, would not say today whether she would vote to confirm a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before Election Day. Maine’s other senator, independent Angus King, quickly issued a statement making clear that he does not support a nomination process before the election.
In 2018, Collins provided the pivotal vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who faced accusations of sexual assault during his confirmation hearing. Her support for Kavanaugh tipped the court decisively toward conservative jurists, and drew intense anger from progressives across the nation, who vowed to unseat Collins during November’s contest.
The Republican senator from Maine called Ruth Bader Ginsburg “one of the most prominent legal luminaries of our time,” on Friday, but did not address whether the nomination of her successor should happen now or after the election. https://t.co/fH0UivPArP
— NBC10 Boston (@NBC10Boston) September 19, 2020
My statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: pic.twitter.com/3Qy2aSCjw5
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) September 19, 2020