Blackburn to run for U.S. Senate

Xavier Smith • Oct 5, 2017 at 5:08 PM

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn announced Thursday her bid for U.S. Senate after Sen. Bob Corker announced last month he would not seek re-election in 2018.

“I’m a hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative. I’m politically incorrect and proud of it,” Blackburn, R-Brentwood, said in her three-minute announcement video.

Blackburn, 65, took aim at her fellow Republican legislators in the video and touted her political background. She called the party’s numerous failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act a “disgrace.”

“Too many Senate Republicans act like Democrats or worse,” Blackburn said.

Blackburn highlighted her conservative political stances, which included pro-life, immigration ban, conservative government spending and gun control comments.

“America needs a conservative revolution and leaders who are willing to fight in it,” Blackburn said.

Blackburn started her political career in 1998 as a state senator. She joined the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 as the state’s District 7 representative.

“After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018,” Corker said last month in a statement. “When I ran for the Senate in 2006, I told people that I couldn’t imagine serving for more than two terms. Understandably, as we have gained influence, that decision has become more difficult. But I have always been drawn to the citizen legislator model, and while I realize it is not for everyone, I believe with the kind of service I provide, it is the right one for me.”

Corker, R-Tenn., is the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, as well as a member of banking, housing and urban affairs and budget committees.

“I am grateful to the people of Tennessee for the opportunity to serve my state and country. I have been fortunate to do so with an extraordinary staff, and I want to thank them for their incredible dedication. I know that we will continue to have an impact for the remainder of our term, and I look forward to finding other ways to make a difference in the future,” Corker said. 

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