Collins on defensive at final debate, ducks Trump re-election question
PORTLAND, Maine — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon clashed Wednesday night over attack ads, health care and the judiciary in their final debate before Election Day.
Gideon, speaker of the Maine House, sought repeatedly to link Collins with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump, urging Mainers to vote for change.
As in the past, Gideon pointed out that Collins hasn’t said whether she’ll vote for Trump. Collins did not vote for Trump in 2016, but wrote in another Republican.
The moderator, Steve Bottari, pointedly asked Collins if Trump deserved to be reelected to another four-year term.
“I’m not getting into presidential politics,” Collins said, repeating her position that she can work with a Trump…