Condoleezza Rice endorsed U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) for U.S. Senate on Wednesday.
“I am honored to endorse Marsha Blackburn for the United States Senate,” former Secretary of State Rice said. “This election is a historic opportunity for Tennesseans to elect their first female Senator. More importantly, it is an opportunity to help shape Tennessee’s future. Marsha represents the natural choice this November and I am proud to support her candidacy.”
Rice served as Secretary of State for former President George W. Bush from Jan. 25, 2005 to Jan. 20, 2009, succeeding Colin Powell in the post. She was the first African-American woman to serve as Secretary of State. Before that, she served as National Security Advisor.
Speaking about the endorsement, Blackburn said, “Condoleezza Rice is a leader for our country and our party, and I am so honored to earn her endorsement. In the Senate, I will continue to fight for our shared principles.”
Rice’s endorsement is the latest of many for Blackburn.
Last Friday, financial advice guru Dave Ramsey of Brentwood announced his endorsement of Blackburn, who he called his “good friend.” He mentioned how they met while protesting a state income tax in 2001.
The Fraternal Order of Police on Tuesday announced its endorsement of Blackburn last Wednesday.
Former Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn, a Republican, endorsed Blackburn in September. Dunn picked Blackburn over one of his successors, former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, who is running against Blackburn.
President Donald Trump in April endorsed Blackburn in her bid to replace retiring junior Senator Bob Corker via Twitter.
In his tweet, the president wrote Blackburn “is a wonderful woman who has always been there when we have needed her.”
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.