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Collins: Opponents Resorting To 'Distortion And Outright Lies' To Unseat Her

Alex Brandon
Associated Press
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrives for the Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in Washington.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins says she is dismayed by the early start and extreme negativity of the campaign against her, even though she has not decided whether to seek re-election."Campaigns start earlier and earlier and the amount of distortion and outright lies is just extraordinary," she says.

Collins says Democrats have raised millions of dollars in their effort to unseat her, and she also expects to face a primary challenge from a candidate on the right. She says both groups are already distorting her record, but she says any attempt to use the abortion issue against her will fail.

"I'm being targeted by national and some state Democrats as their number one target, despite the fact that there is no one in the United States Senate that works more often across the aisle than I do," she says.

Collins says agrees with Maine Gov. Janet Mills that legal efforts to overturn Roe versus Wade will fail. "She did not believe that restrictive laws, the terrible laws passed by Alabama, would stand scrutiny in our courts," Collins says. "And she did not believe that Roe versus Wade would be overturned, and I certainly agree with her."