Susan Rice walked back a much-discussed tweet from last week at a panel discussion on Sunday, but said she will give a run against Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins “due consideration.”
Rice, who served as national security adviser under President Barack Obama, opened eyes on Friday when she responded to a question asking if anyone was willing to challenge Collins in the wake of her confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Former Obama White House Communications Director Jen Psaki tweeted, “who wants to run for Senate in Maine? there will be an army of supporters with you,” to which Rice responded simply, “Me.”
Rice spoke at a panel during The New Yorker Festival on Sunday and said she had “to do a lot more homework” before seriously committing to a run.
“I made the tweet, I later elaborated that this wasn’t where my head was,” Rice said Sunday. “But I have been moved by the enthusiasm. I’m going to give it due consideration after the midterms.”
Collins serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee and has been a critical swing vote while President Donald Trump has been in office. She gave a 45-minute speech on the Senate floor on Friday committing to voting “yes” for Kavanaugh’s nomination.
“The Senate confirmation process is not a trial,” Collins said Friday. “But certain fundamental legal principles about due process, the presumption of innocence and fairness do bear on my thinking, and I cannot abandon them.”
Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford while the two were in high school in the 1980s. He denied the allegations repeatedly, including in testimony before the committee on Sept. 27.
Collins’ support for Kavanaugh, who was confirmed and sworn in as the Supreme Court’s newest justice on Saturday, drew protests even before she spoke on Friday.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Mark Osborne