Dec 18, 2019

Susan Collins announces 2020 re-election bid

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced Wednesday that she'll seek re-election for a fifth term in 2020, AP reports.

Why it matters: The campaign is projected to be one of the most expensive races in Maine history, as Democrats believe the centrist's seat is vulnerable.

  • She said in an email to supporters that her "bipartisan commonsense approach" will be necessary in an era of bitter partisanship.
  • Collins also faces a dramatic decision in the coming weeks on whether to vote to convict President Trump in a potential impeachment trial in the Senate.

What she's saying: Collins did not hint at how she might vote in her announcement email, but she did acknowledge the nation's divisive politics.

  • "To say that these are difficult and contentious times is most certainly an understatement. But our country has confronted much more challenging times in our history."
  • "The fundamental question I had to ask myself in making my decision was this: In today’s polarized political environment, is there still a role for a centrist who believes in getting things done through compromise, collegiality, and bipartisanship? I have concluded that the answer to this question is 'yes.'"

The state of play: The four Democrats currently vying for her seat include Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, activist Betsy Sweet, attorney Bre Kidman and former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse.

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Collins says it's "inappropriate" for McConnell, Warren to "prejudge" impeachment trial

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told Maine Public Radio Tuesday that it was "inappropriate" for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky). and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to "prejudge the evidence" in President Trump's forthcoming Senate impeachment trial.

What she's saying: "[E]ach of us will take an oath — an oath that I take very seriously to render impartial justice. ... There are senators on both sides of the aisle, who, to me, are not giving the appearance of and the reality of judging that's in an impartial way."

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The highest drama comes home

Trump departs the White House for a “Merry Christmas” campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Here's a split screen for the ages: While House Democrats are impeaching President Trump, he'll be firing up supporters at an election rally in Michigan.

Why it matters: This is the perfect encapsulation of the impeachment process.

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"No decision made" by Pelosi on sending impeachment articles

Pelosi and Schumer at a news conference last year. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

When the House of Representatives returns to work Tuesday, don't expect an immediate announcement by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

The latest: A leadership aide tells Axios no decision has been made and that it may be a couple of weeks before Democrats can understand the significance of new revelations about Ukraine-related information being withheld by the White House — and whether at least four Republican senators are concerned enough to join forces with Democrats and demand more disclosures as part of President Trump's trial.

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