Blackburn listed among prospects for Trump running mate

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee has made The Hill’s top ten list of prospective vice presidential candidates for Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee.

The others are New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Here’s the excerpt on Blackburn:

The outspoken Tennessee Republican is a veteran legislator with more than a decade of experience on Capitol Hill.

She’s vice chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, a member of the Budget Committee and leading the House investigation into Planned Parenthood.

Trump has stumbled on abortion and failed in the eyes of some conservatives as a fierce enough critic of Planned Parenthood.

And having a woman on the ticket could be critical for Trump, who will likely face a rival in Hillary Clinton eager to highlight his past disparaging remarks about women.

Blackburn said she’d be open to being Trump’s vice president as far back as February, when most lawmakers were loathe to be associated with the businessman.

And here’s a comment from Blackburn on Trump, part of a story on the presumptive nominee today in Politico.

And even Republican women — who, by and large, have been turned off by Trump’s rhetoric — are beginning to fall in line with him. Moderate Sen. Susan Collins of Maine told a radio station Wednesday that she’d support him if he quit making “gratuitous personal insults.” And Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee told POLITICO women would “forgive” him of his past remarks.

“I would have preferred some of those comments not be made, but I think that our economy is in such bad shape and people are so concerned about security issues that they are looking for somebody who will get the job done,” she said over the phone on Wednesday. “They are willing to forgive some of those comments they think may have been inappropriate.”