While a number of elected Republicans are sure to provide vocal support for President Donald Trump’s campaign against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, one lawmaker will not be among them.
“Against my colleagues”
Although she has publicly clashed with Trump on issues in the past, Sen. Collins cited an entirely different reason for declining to enter the GOP fray against Biden, who represented Delaware in the Senate from 1973 to 2009.
Speaking with the Times, Collins said she knows the former vice president “very well” and that campaigning against him would be a violation of one of her own rules.
“I do not campaign against my colleagues in the Senate,” she explained, as The Hill reported.
Furthermore, Collins said the presidential race is not her priority as she faces a tough re-election bid in Maine.
Recent polls show she is losing ground to her Democratic rival, Sara Gideon, and indicate she is in danger of losing her seat in November.
“My inclination is just to stay out of the presidential and focus on my own race,” Collins said.
Though she is known as a moderate Republican willing to speak out against the president, Collins gained few friends on the left by ultimately siding with the GOP on divisive issues. Specifically, critics cite her decisions to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and to acquit Trump in his impeachment trial as evidence of this trend.
Nevertheless, Collins made it clear ahead of the 2016 election that she would not be voting for Trump.
Throughout the president’s first term, she has been among his most consistent foils within the Republican Party. As for the upcoming election, she has yet to weigh in on her presidential pick.
Of course, the senator said none of this has any impact on her passive stance on the presidential race. It remains to be seen whether she will be alone in sitting this election out or will be joined by other Trump critics in the party.