BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Sen. Susan Collins was subtle in her response to Gov. Paul LePage’s comments he made Tuesday on WVOM-FM.
However, Sen. Collins did not shy away from her stance on the current state of the nation’s political climate and Republican Party at an AARP event at Husson University.
Gov. LePage stood firm in his support for Republican nominee Donald Trump, and then differentiated himself from Collins when asked about the Republican Party.
“I am the governor of the state of Maine and I've had to go under a party," LePage said. "I am not … I am no Condoleezza Rice fan. I am no Susan Collins fan. That's not the kind of Republican I am.
“I am from the Grand Old Party. I am from the party of Ronald Reagan. That is different than the people who claim to be Republicans who are out there shooting their mouths off.”
Collins spoke at Tuesday’s event taking on issues like tackling soaring prescription drug prices and social security, but she could not avoid questions of the divisiveness of her party and LePage’s comments.
"The governor and I obviously have very different views on Donald Trump, but that's been evident for so many months,” Collins said.
Collins has already stated she does not support any of the candidates, denouncing Trump in a Washington Post op-ed back in August.
“I think that everyone, whether you're female or male, should be deeply offended by Donald Trump's comments as revealed in the tape,” Collins said.
The senator said her initial choice stemmed from Trump’s comments on women, a Mexican-American judge and the Gold Star Khan family.
She even jokingly said that she'd “rather be hibernating right now.” The audience erupted in laughter and applause. When one person in the crowd asked Collins why she did not run, she responded, “too late.”
“My job is to continue to work hard for the people of Maine and I'm going to continue to do that,” Collins said.
Collins went on to say she believes the Republican Party will be "just fine" and she will do what it takes to ensure the party maintains control of the U.S. Senate.
She also made reference to the close elections in the state, saying she believes Mainers can differentiate between Donald Trump and those who represent Maine when heading to the polls.