Marsha Blackburn joins Tennessee Senate race

Marsha Blackburn joins Tennessee Senate race

October 5th, 2017 by Associated Press in Breaking News

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention on Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo by J. Scott Applewhite

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is launching her bid for the U.S. Senate on the heels of Gov. Bill Haslam's decision to sit out the race to succeed retiring Sen. Bob Corker.

Blackburn described herself in her campaign announcement Thursday as a "hard-core, card-carrying Tennessee conservative" and decried the Republican majority in the Senate for failing to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Blackburn was first elected the Congress in 2002 and has been a regular guest on political talk shows on TV. She made a name for herself as a state lawmaker for opposing a fellow Republican governor's bid to introduce a state income tax.

Blackburn said she supports President Donald Trump's proposal to build a wall on the border with Mexico.