Marsha Blackburn

New Blackburn ad touts role in fighting prostitution website

Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn’s latest ad touts her role in fighting the thinly-veiled prostitution website Backpage.com.

“Backpage.com operated in over 97 countries. Billions of dollars, trafficking human beings, even our children,” Blackburn says in the ad, her third of the Senate race so far. “It’s sick, it’s immoral, and it’s why I fought to shut them down. Human trafficking is a tragedy that must be stopped.” 

Backpage.com’s website was seized by the FBI in April and its CEO pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against other website officials charged with facilitating prostitution and money laundering. a 93-count indictment alleges that teenage girls were sold for sex on the site. President Donald Trump in this year signed a bill dubbed “FOTSA,” or the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. The bill passed the House 388-25 (Blackburn was one of 174 co-sponsors).

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U.S. Chamber endorses Blackburn

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn speaks at a forum hosted by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce at Lipscomb University in Nashville on Aug. 15, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn has received the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Marsha has a strong record of supporting pro-business policies that help create jobs and grow our economy,” Rob Engstrom, senior vice president and national political director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said in a release. “In Congress, she has worked to cut unnecessary regulations and create an economic climate that allows businesses to thrive.”

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PAC running ads promoting Blackburn

The Senate Leadership Fund is now running television ads in support of Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn. The ad features footage of President Donald Trump endorsing Blackburn at a rally in Nashville in May.

Dueling editorials on kick-off of Senate general election race

The dueling editorial pages at the Times Free Press have competing takes on the kick-of of the general election phase of the U.S. Senate race between Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen.

On the right side of the paper’s editorial pages, Clint Cooper writes that “Phil Bredesen’s Democratic campaign for U.S. Senate showed it was not above such deceptive advertising,” in which Republicans who don’t support him say nice things about the former governor.

Former state Rep. Debra Maggart, one of those quoted quoted in the ad, says her comments were spliced to sound more supportive of Bredesen than she was).

The spot has her saying “he did a of good things in our state … like fix TennCare.” Maggart’s full remarks on the news show were: “He did a lot of good things in our state, but he had a lot of Republican support. I was there. We helped him do things that the Democrats absolutely refused to do like fix TennCare.”

“Until now, Bredesen had intoned themes of working with President Trump where they found common ground, of the parties working alongside each other and of ending the rancor in Washington, D.C.,” Cooper writes. “This ad, and so soon out of the gate, shows the campaign has no such motives.”

“Everybody says they want unity,” writes Pam Sohn from the left of the paper’s editorial pages. “Quite a number Republicans have praised Bredesen for unity. But when Bredesen puts that unity on display, they get all huffy, talk out of the other sides of their mouths, and accuse him of not modeling unity.

“There those Pachyderms go again, helping the president with his agenda — the agenda of demonization and discord.”

Latest Blackburn ad features Trump rally highlights

Marsha Blackburn’s latest TV ad highlights the Republican Senate candidate by President Donald Trump’s side at a recent Nashville rally.

Here’s a transcript of the ad:

President Trump: We need Marsha Blackburn. We need Marsha in the Senate to continue the progress and work that we’ve done over the last year and a half. 

Blackburn: Tennessee needs a Senator who is going to support President Donald Trump. I am going to be there to stand with President Donald Trump and take your Tennessee values to Washington, D.C. to fight with him to get the job done. I am Marsha Blackburn, and I approve this message. 

Blackburn touts role in fighting state income tax

Marsha Blackburn in her latest 15-second digital ad touts her rule in fighting a state income tax proposal made by then-Gov. Don Sundquist, a fellow Republican.

“Here in Tennessee I fought my own party to stop a massive, job-killing state income tax,” Blackburn says in the ad. “And we stopped it. We won.”

Blackburn launches first TV ad

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn has launched her first TV ad of her Republican bid for the U.S. Senate.

“I am in this fight so that we can win, and the we is the people, the Constitution, the country,” she says in the ad.

Blackburn and former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen are the presumptive nominees to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker in November. Bredesen has been advertising heavily since the beginning of the year.

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Corker, Alexander attend Blackburn fundraiser in D.C.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker tours Mars Petcare on Aug. 22, 2017. (Photo credit: Corker Senate office.)

Republican Tennessee Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander attended a fundraiser for Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign in Washington, according to a Victor Ashe column in the Knoxville Shopper.

Corker’s attendance is notable because of his tepid support for Blackburn to date. He has said he will not campaign against Democrat Phil Bredesen, who he has described as “someone I’ve been friends with and worked with.”

Blackburn’s Knox County headquarters will be located on Western Avenue, Ashe wrote.

U.S. Senate debate set – UPDATE: Not so fast

A televised U.S. Senate debate has been scheduled at Cumberland University in Lebanon on Sept. 25. It is billed as featuring the nominees of both parties — presumptively Democrat Phil Bredesen and Republican Marsha Blackburn. But the Blackburn campaign tells On the Hill that they don’t know anything about it. And we’re hearing Bredesen hadn’t confirmed yet either.

The debate partners include the Gannett newspapers in Tennessee, Nashville Public Television, and the Tennessee League of Women Voters. The event will be broadcast statewide on public television and streamed by the USA Today Network-Tennessee.

Cumberland said it sent out letters to the candidates on June 29 to invite the in the event they win their primaries.

“We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2018 U.S. Senate Debate for Middle Tennessee on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at historic Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee,” the letter to Blackburn reads. “The partner organizations sponsoring and supporting the debate are inviting the nominees from Tennessee’s two major political parties to participate. We extend this invitation to you in the event you secure the Republican nomination on August 2, 2018.”

Rhodes College announced that it is also holding a Senate debate in Memphis on Sept. 13.

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New Bredesen ad touts track record as governor

A new TV ad from Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen touts his record of tackling tough problems as governor: Arresting spiraling costs at TennCare, managing a budget crisis without a sales tax hike or an income tax, and growing Tennessee’s rainy day fund.