Collins is one of only two Republican senators to break with her party to urge a slower process, while Gideon has turned the spotlight to Senate Majority Leader
On Saturday, Collins said no nominee should be confirmed before the
At the same time, Gideon has said she would evaluate judges based on qualifications, temperament and respect for precedent. A spokesperson declined to say on Monday whether she would support court-packing initiatives floated by some
These moves make sense under
Gideon, who led Collins by 5 points in that survey and whose lead has hovered around that mark for most of 2020, has linked Collins to McConnell since Ginsburg's death. The Republican senator's campaign has done the same with Gideon and Senate Minority Leader
"We have to change the people who make him majority leader," Gideon said in an ad released Saturday about judicial nominations. "That includes Sen.
Collins' campaign declined to answer whether she would continue to support McConnell as majority leader, but highlighted her track record of independence and her vote to preserve the Affordable Care Act in 2017 against her party's wishes.
"There is no member of the
Progressive groups crowdfunded
That vote led Collins, a moderate Republican, to win back support from conservatives who have criticized her in the past, including on the Affordable Care Act, an issue on which Trump notably spared her from criticism before hitting her on the court in a Monday interview with
Do it before and they risk a political backlash that could lead
"I believe what [conservative
Collins has voted for every
It is not yet clear whether other
For progressive groups, the choice is clear -- a conservative-led court could roll back protections on voting rights, environmental regulations and abortion rights.
"It's hard to imagine the many ways that our lives can be impacted," she said.
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