Marsha Blackburn

Taylor Swift Endorsement Like ‘Manna From Heaven,’ Says Tennessee Congressman
Democrat Jim Cooper: It’s ‘one of the great honors’ of my life

Taylor Swift endorsed Tennessee governor and Senate hopeful Democrat Phil Bredesen, among others, in an Instagram post this week. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for TAS)

Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper likened Taylor Swift’s surprise endorsement to “manna from heaven” and deemed it “one of the great honors” of his life in an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday.

“I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives,” the pop star wrote to her 112 million Instagram followers on Oct. 7, two days before the voter registration deadline in Tennessee. “Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values.”

The Case of the Missing President — in House Debates
Candidates may want to avoid him, but election is still a referendum on Trump

The recent debate in Virginia’s 7th District between GOP Rep. Dave Brat and Democrat Abigail Spanberger revolved around both candidates taking a vow of silence regarding the president, Shapiro writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

OPINION — Judging from two House debates this week in hotly contested races on both sides of the country, you would think that the president of the United States was a shadowy, off-stage figure whose personality and politics are barely worth discussing. Even “The Invisible Man” of the 1897 H.G. Wells novel and the 1933 Claude Rains movie had more of a corporal presence than Donald Trump.

During the one-hour debate in Utah’s 4th district in suburban Salt Lake City, the word Trump was not mentioned until the 45-minute mark when the moderator blurted out the president’s name in a question on tariffs.

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Marsha Blackburn Strikes Back at Taylor Swift
Senate candidate touts her push to end violence against women and unequal pay

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn is running against popular former Gov. Phil Bredesen to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is running for Senate in Tennessee, snapped back at music superstar Taylor Swift for criticizing her record on women’s and LGBT issues.

The congresswoman went on “Fox  & Friends First” Wednesday to outline the ways that she has worked for women after Swift said Blackburn’s “voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies” her.

Taylor Swift Plugs Midterm Elections Again at American Music Awards
Vote.org saw registration spike following earlier Instagram post

Taylor Swift accepts the Artist of the Year award onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Without mentioning any candidates or a party affiliation, music superstar Taylor Swift continued her push to get Americans energized for the midterms.

Taylor Swift made her latest plea Tuesday night while accepting the award for Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards, a fan-judged awards show.

Voter Registration Sees ‘Taylor Swift Bump’ After Star’s Instagram Post
Swift upends Trump supporters who believed she aligned with MAGA

Taylor Swift performs onstage during opening night of her 2018 Reputation Stadium Tour at University of Phoenix Stadium on May 8, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for TAS)

At least one voter registration website has seen a massive spike in Americans — especially young ones — signing up to vote after music superstar Taylor Swift urged her Instagram followers to hit the polls this November.

Of the roughly 240,000 people who have registered on Vote.org for the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 6, nearly half, or about 102,000, are between the ages of 18 and 29, the website found.

Mitch McConnell Sees Electoral Gains From Fight Over Brett Kavanaugh
Interview with Roll Call came ahead of confirmation vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell makes his way through the Capitol for a TV interview before the vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As Brett Kavanaugh was on the verge of confirmation Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was sounding sure the Supreme Court battle will prove a benefit to Senate Republicans at the polls in November.

In an interview with Roll Call a month ahead of Election Day, the Kentucky Republican said the debate was really driving up base enthusiasm for the 2018 mid-terms.

In Trade Pact, Trump Sees Trap for Democrats and Warning to China
Kudlow: If Democrats ‘want to help working folks, they’ll go with this deal’

President Donald Trump, with Senate candidate Rep. Marsha Blackburn, at a campaign rally Monday night in Johnson City, Tenn. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

One word stood out this week as President Donald Trump’s top trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, described an updated North American trade pact: “progressive.”

Also notable during a half-hour discussion about the agreement Lighthizer held with a group of reporters: He was complimentary of the Obama administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact with Asian countries from which Trump withdrew. He even admitted the new North American agreement is “built on” many aspects of TPP.

2020 Watch: Trump Trots Out ‘One Percent Biden’ and ‘Da Nang Blumenthal’
Democrats ‘got some real beauties going,’ president says mockingly

President Donald Trump and GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn, her party’s nominee in a tight Senate race, during a campaign rally in Johnson City, Tennessee, on Monday night. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

“One Percent Biden” and “Da Nang Blumenthal” were introduced. “Pocahontas” was dropped, as usual, to the delight of an arena packed with “Make America Great Again” merchandise-sporting supporters.

President Donald Trump trotted out some new nicknames Monday night at a rally in Johnson City, Tennessee, mocking and criticizing several potential 2020 Democratic presidential nominees during another raucous campaign stop.

Trump: Democrats in ‘Blind Rage’ to ‘Destroy’ Brett Kavanaugh
President tries to stave off major Democratic upset in Tennessee

Supporters of President Donald Trump wait in line before a Monday campaign rally in Johnson City, Tenn. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump accused Democrats of being in a “blind rage” over his election that has left them willing to torch anything, including the reputation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“They’ve been trying to destroy him from the very first second he was announced,” Trump told a friendly campaign rally crowd Monday in Johnson City, Tennessee. “They’re trying to destroy a fine man. We can’t let that happen.