Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) announced on Thursday that she will be running for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN).
In touting her conservative credentials, Blackburn said she was proud to be described by her opponents as a “knuckle-dragging wingnut.”
“I know the left calls me a wingnut or a knuckle-dragging conservative,” said Blackburn in her announcement video. “And you know what, I say that’s alright, bring it on.”
In the video, Blackburn also said that the U.S. Senate had become completely dysfunctional, while claiming that she could help fix the problem by being a clear conservative voice.
“The fact that our Republican majority in the Senate cannot overturn Obamacare, or will not overturn Obamacare, it’s a disgrace,” she said. “Too many Senate Republicans act like Democrats or worse.”
Earlier this year, Blackburn defended a measure aimed at weakening a nonpartisan Congressional ethics watch dog on the grounds that it was “draining the swamp.” She has also opposed implementing more restrictions on firearms sales on the grounds that hammers could also be used to kill people, and has criticized the Violence Against Women Act for being “expanded to include other groups” besides women.
Watch Blackburn’s announcement video below.