Candidate Profile
Susan M. Collins

Republican , Maine

Biography

Name
Susan M. Collins
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating*

Moderate Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  94%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  87%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  75%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  71%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  67%
FRC Action, 2018:  63%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  57%
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  54%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2017-18:  50%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  50%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  58%, 47% (cum.)
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  23%, 44% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  42%
Christian Coalition of America (CCA), 2014:  40%
Freedom Index, 2019:  39% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  39% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2019:  17%, 33% (cum.)
NumbersUSA, 2019:  0%, 33% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  40%, 30% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  29%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  D
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  23%, 24% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  17%
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  12% (cum.)
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  F

45%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  A
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  100%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  78%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  75%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  70% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  21%, 61% (cum.)
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  13%, 52% (cum.)
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  60%, 42% (cum.)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  42%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  38%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  20%, 36% (cum.)
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  33%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  33%
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  33%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  32%
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  30%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  28%
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  25%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  17%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  13%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F

41%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

3
American Conservation Coalition, Maggie's List, Winning for Women

Others

7
*Business - Industry PAC Action Fund (BIPAC Action Fund), *Humane Society Legislative Fund, *Maverick PAC (MavPAC), National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Maine, Pro-Israel America, Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC PAC), VIEW PAC

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
7
Citizens for Prosperity in America (2019), Jeb Bush (2015), National Republican Senatorial Committee (2006), Patrick McHenry (2018), Republican Jewish Coalition (2020), State Republican Party Organizations (2020), WinRed (2020)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
122
19th Star PAC (2014), 21st Century Majority Fund (2019), Alamo PAC (2014), Andrew & Simona Beal (2019), Arkansas for Leadership PAC (2020), Badlands PAC (2019) and 116 more

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (2011)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
49
Airline Pilots Association (2019), American Association for Justice (2018), American Federation of Government Employees (2017), American Federation of Teachers (2017), American Maritime Officers (2014), American Nurses Association (2020) and 43 more

Summary

28%

LIBERAL

72%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Voted against pro-life Republicans to close debate and proceed to a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, S.2311 (cloture motion failed on Roll Call Vote No. 25 Leg.) Congressional Record, Vol. 164, No. 19, January 29, 2018, page S545.

One of seven Senate Republicans to vote July 26, 2017, against Senator Rand Paul's amendment that would have repealed Obamacare's taxpayer funding of elective abortion and eliminated mandatory federal funding for certain large abortion providers like Planned Parenthood for one year. Record vote on S. Amdt. 271 to S. Amdt. 267 to H.R. 1628 (American Health Care Act of 2017).

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

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Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Susan Collins: “Throughout my service in the Senate, I have been a strong proponent of measures to promote and protect women’s health and expand all Americans’ access to quality health care. Planned Parenthood provides important family planning, cancer screening, and basic preventive health care services to millions of women across the country. For many women, Planned Parenthood clinics provide the only health care services they receive.” In 2017, it was noted that Sen. Collins bucked GOP efforts to end Planned Parenthood funding.  Source  Source

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Collins voted for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

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Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

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How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Improving Americans’ retirement security is one of the top priorities of Senator Collins. She wants to help create more opportunities for Americans to put money aside, including employer-sponsored pensions or retirement savings plans, and individual savings. She emphasized the need for a comprehensive reevaluation of the nation's approach to financing retirement.  Source

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

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Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

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Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

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Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

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I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

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What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

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Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

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I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

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How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

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National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

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What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

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Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

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State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

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iVoterGuide Note:  In 2008, Senator Collins voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities".  Source

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

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Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

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Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

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I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Collins supports adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression to non-discrimination laws. “Throughout my Senate service, I have worked to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans...”  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Collins is Roman Catholic.  Source


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

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Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

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Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

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2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Collins introduced a "red flag" law in 2019. “Gun violence is a problem that affects far too many communities across the country,” said Senator Collins. “Family members and law enforcement officers are often in the best position to identify when someone poses an immediate threat to themselves or others, but in many cases they are unable to intervene before it is too late. Our bipartisan legislation would provide a way for them to temporarily prevent dangerous individuals from possessing firearms. Several states already have ‘red flag’ laws, which enhance gun safety while retaining important due process protections and preserving the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”  Source


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

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iVoterGuide Note:  In 2018, Senator Collins cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, a legislation that supported full funding of security assistance to Israel as outlined in the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding. She opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and the Combating BDS Act of 2017, two bills that aimed to fight discriminatory boycotts that target Israel.  Source

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Sen. Susan Collins doesn’t support making marijuana legal for recreational use at the national level. “From a federal perspective, if there were a bill in the Senate to legalize marijuana, I would vote against it,” Collins said. “When we legalize a controlled substance, we send a message that there is no harm and that, based on all the conversations I’ve had with medical personnel and others, is just not the case,” Collins said.  Source

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

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The Electoral College should be abolished.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Collins wants to ensure that we maintain election integrity, stating,"We must continue to be vigilant and redouble our efforts to secure our electoral process, the cornerstone of our democracy.”  Source

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

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Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

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