Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice on Saturday evening in Washington after an extraordinarily fraught nomination that sparked angry protests, nail-biting votes and a national reckoning about sexual assault allegations and who should be believed after Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct when he was a high school and college student.
She acknowledged the anguish of the protesters who interrupted the historic Senate vote, telling reporters afterward that "I was closing my eyes and praying".
There were shouts of "shame" from the public gallery as he voted yes.
Bush called a number of senators in recent weeks, and had several conversations with Collins to reassure the key Republican vote about Kavanaugh's character and temperament, a person familiar with the matter said.
Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court.
He controversially responded to this by saying: "Well, I'd say that it's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of".
Two Republican waverers, Susan Collins and Jeff Flake, finally chose to back the judge.
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"Their strategy to capitalize on the "Me Too" movement for the political purposes backfired on them", Republican strategist Alice Stewart said of Democrats.
Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY looked ahead to November, appealing to voters beyond the Senate chamber: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".
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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins defended her vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh in an interview Saturday in Washington with News Center Maine (WCSH/WLBZ). It can cause complete avoidance of not wanting to even remember or think about what happened to you.
Rep. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, confronting a tough re-election race next month in a state that Trump won in 2016 by a landslide, was the sole Democrat to vote against Kavanaugh.
The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Mr Kavanaugh's background and a week-long delay of the Senate vote.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine - whose vote was decisive - appeared on CBS News' "Face the Nation" and was far more measured as she stood by her decision to support Kavanaugh.
Senator Collins - a moderate Republican from ME - said Mr Kavanaugh was entitled to the "presumption of innocence" as the allegations against him were not substantiated with corroborating evidence.
Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who Kavanaugh is replacing, will administer the judicial oath in a private ceremony. During a campaign rally in MS, the president mocked Ford for not remembering key details of the alleged attack, including the date and location of the party she says she and Kavanaugh attended 36 years ago. "All of us have been hearing stories and accounts from survivors going back many, many years where they kept all these painful, traumatic accounts to themselves".
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"The last thing I wanted was to make this about me", says Strong as Collins.
Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican to oppose the nominee, voted "present", offsetting the absence of Kavanaugh supporter Steve Daines of Montana, who was attending his daughter's wedding.