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Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Trump Attracted Independents, Unified Party

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By    |   Friday, 22 Jul 2016 02:43 PM

Donald Trump's convention speech served to further unite Republicans while attracting voters from outside the party, Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Friday.

"Reading my email and texts that were coming in, he reached so many people that are not affiliated with either party," the Tennessee Republican told Fox News' "Fox & Friend" program.
 
Many of those calls came from independents, Blackburn said, as Trump's talk about restoring law and order, as well as national security by ridding the United States of terror cells spoke to the public. She said the speech also played well with women.

But the one person Trump has yet to attract is Sen. Ted Cruz, but she agrees with Iowa Gov. Scott Walker's contention that Cruz' opposition will be "behind us."

"He's exactly right," said Blackburn. "Ted Cruz had his say and it's over. It was a one-day story."

That was before, however, Trump tore into Cruz during a thank-you meeting with volunteers on Friday morning. In that meeting, Trump said he does not need or want Cruz to endorse him, wouldn't accept it if offered, and resuscitated​ accusations that the Texas senator's father had been involved with Lee Harvey Oswald, who killed President John F. Kennedy.

Meanwhile, Blackburn said she would give Trump's convention speech an "A" as it was very solid.

"When you look at the independent voters, he did a terrific job of hitting the security and economic issues," she said. "Then he came in behind what Ivanka [Trump] had to say. When those two addressed the women's issues, jobs, economy, pay equity. I thought it was superb. I'm so excited about the job that Donald Trump did last night. I think it was great."

There is a challenge, however, in Ohio, where Gov. John Kasich, the last candidate to drop out of the GOP race, boycotted the convention and may not help organize Trump's campaign in that state.

"You have state and local parties energized and they are waiting for instructions to say what are we going to do with our victory program, voter registration, with get out the vote," said Blackburn.

"You have got to get those voters registered and get them to the polls. My hope is the Republican National Committee through the victory program will come in and tend to some of that organization and do it quickly."

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