U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Friday she’d be open to becoming GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s vice president if he wins the nomination, and she believes the party is prepared to rally around him come November, according to the Washington Times.
You have some who say, ‘Oh we have different nominees,’ but look at it like this — it’s an outsider year. We’re going to have an outsider candidate who gets the nomination who becomes the next president of the United States,” said Ms. Blackburn during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, Maryland.
Republicans should be encouraged at the high turn-out this cycle, taking it as a sign the party isn’t fractured, but growing, the Tennessee Republican said.
…Asked if she’d be willing to serve down-ticket from Trump, she said she’d consider it but it isn’t likely given the red state she hails from.
“Anybody would consider that offer,” Ms. Blackburn said. “I know it won’t be me. I’m not from a toss-up state or a purple state, but it is so nice when your colleagues and friends and people that you know say we think you would be worthy of consideration. That’s just nice to hear.”
See also The Hill’s piece speculating on Trump vice presidential possibilities, where Blackburn also gets a mention — along with Chris Christie, Scott Brown, Susana Martinez, Susana Martinez, Herman Cain and several others.
Here’s the Hill squib on Blackburn:
Blackburn, who’s leading the House panel investigating Planned Parenthood, could help boost Trump’s standing among Republicans who worry the businessman isn’t a true conservative.
She could also help Trump reach out to female voters.
Blackburn has brushed off rumors that she’s being vetted for vice president, but expressed her interest in having a woman on the ticket. “I don’t know of anybody that would not consider,” she said.
At CPAC on Friday, Blackburn said she’d consider sharing a ticket with Trump.
The Tennessee congresswoman was critical of Trump for not disavowing former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke in a recent CNN interview. Trump has since repudiated Duke’s support.
Blackburn has also been in Congress since 2003, a boost for Trump if he wins the nomination and looks to strengthen his ties with congressional Republicans.