Blackburn to speak at GOP convention, downplays VP talk

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said she will speak at the Republican convention in Cleveland this month, but declined to comment on growing buzz that she’s being vetted for vice president, according to Politico.

“I am a very unlikely candidate,” Blackburn said when asked Thursday whether she’s submitted documents to Donald Trump’s campaign for vetting.

She repeated, “I am a very unlikely candidate, we all know that. I am a conservative from a red state. I am a very unlikely candidate.”

Blackburn would, indeed, be an unconventional candidate. She is not from a swing state, representing a conservative western Tennessee district between Memphis and Nashville.

Blackburn, 64, was first elected to the House in 2002. She is an outspoken opponent of abortion rights, and has frequently advised GOP leadership on the issue.

She attended a Thursday morning meeting with Trump at the Capitol Hill Club, and said Trump did a “very good job” during his first confab with the House GOP.