Blackburn denied Swift’s claims that she doesn’t advocate for women.
Tennessee Senate Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn isn’t concerned about Taylor Swift’s 112 million Instagram followers influencing the midterms.
After the singer wrote that she would not vote for Blackburn because of the politician’s voting record on the rights of women and the LGBTQ community, Blackburn responded in an interview Wednesday. The politician and businesswoman made it clear she is not worried about losing young voters, despite Swift’s influence among millennials.
"I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love," Swift wrote in an Instagram post Sunday. "I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values."
In response Blackburn told Fox Business: "I’ve got to tell you, Tennesseans are more interested in the fact that Marsha Blackburn is endorsed by the US Chamber of Commerce, by the Fraternal Order of Police, by the Police Benevolent Association, and by the National Rifle Association where I have an A rating in their endorsement. Of course I support women and I want violence to end against women. I’ve been very active in abuse shelters and child advocacy centers."
"I’ve been advocating for women in equal pay since I was 19 years old and making certain women have the opportunity for maximum pay," she continued. "And I have a good record on that."
I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! ???
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Blackburn seemed unfazed by Swift’s comments and even called the "Delicate" singer a "talented, young woman."
"I’ve been one of those that has done more for songwriters and making sure that there is tax equity for songwriters," Blackburn added. "We’re getting ready, the Music Modernization Act that I helped steer through Congress, is going to be signed on Thursday by the President. I’ve been very active in that and Taylor Swift will benefit by that."
Although Blackburn doesn’t seem worried about Swift supporting Democrats, the "I Did Something Bad" crooner proved how powerful her fans are when the artist created a voter registration surge, particularly in her native Tennessee, following her Instagram post.
Swift, who broke the record for the most AMA wins of all time, reiterated her recent comments and encouraged her fans to vote while accepting the award for Artist of the Year Tuesday night.
"This award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people, and you know what else is voted on by the people?" Swift asked the audience. "It is the midterm elections on November 6. Get out and vote. I love you guys."
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