2016 The Choice: Even Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Trump supporter in Congress, admits he’s behind
There are 15 days and counting until Election Day. In the national polls, Hillary Clinton is leading in traditionally red states such as Arizona and North Carolina, while Donald Trump maintains a double-digit lead in the reliably red state of Tennessee. Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric spoke with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to discuss her continued support of Trump’s campaign.
Today, the GOP nominee took to Twitter to complain about the polls, saying, “We are winning and the press is refusing to report it. Don’t let them fool you- get out and vote! #DrainTheSwamp on November 8th!” Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, acknowledged over the weekend he was trailing in the polls.
Blackburn seemed to agree with Conway and told Yahoo News, “I think at this point the polling, when you look at the averages, he’s behind. But I think he is doing the right thing to be out there trying to push that vote out because you’ve got the Clinton camp trying to say this is a foregone conclusion that they’ve won.”
As to whether she believes Trump’s claims of voter fraud are somewhat overstated, she said, “There are some areas where you have situations where you have more people voting than there are people registered in that precinct; that’s a problem. And then because our election commissions do their job on the front end, you don’t have that many cases, and that’s a very good thing, and it is imperative that we keep our election system credible and fair and honest.”
When asked about the appeal Trump has to his supporters, Blackburn said, “I think he’s on a political and spiritual journey, and we’re watching it play out on TV every day and every night. People look at him and say he is a transformative figure. This is a movement in our country of people that want to see things change.”
Couric pressed Blackburn on Trump’s “spiritual journey” in the wake of his previous controversial comments about women and his mocking of a disabled reporter. Blackburn replied, “As you look at his position how he was pro-choice and became pro-life and then the engagement that he has had with some of the evangelical community, and that doesn’t make the things he has said right. And it is not a reason to condone those things; he ought not to have said some things. We would have preferred that he not say some things, but I think a lot of people look at what he has said, and then they look at what Hillary Clinton has done or will do, and that is where they make the difference.”
When asked a few times about mass deportation and whether she favored it, Blackburn said, “I think that’s not the question to ask. I think the question is, How do you solve the problem? And you break it apart, you deal with the border, you deal with the criminal illegal aliens, and I’ve had legislation that would do that. You clean up the system.” She also said, “This is one of those things, have you ever seen an issue that got solved with one stroke of the pen? No.”
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