Blackburn looks to Supreme Court vacancy to boost Senate bid

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is surrounded by reporters after leaving the office of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) at the U.S. Capitol March 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Ryan and House GOP leaders postponed a vote on the American Health Care Act after it became apparent they did not have enough votes to pass the legislation that would repeal and replace Obamacare. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign is quickly trying to capitalize on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement.

In a statement following Wednesday’s announcement, Blackburn said she would vote to confirm more “good constitutional” judges who don’t legislate from the bench, mentioning Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first Supreme Court pick.

Blackburn contended Senate race rival and Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen would try to block President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick alongside Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Bredesen contested that argument.

Bredesen said in a video he would vote for or against a nominee based solely on whether he believes they’re highly qualified and ethical, not based on partisan politics.

Bredesen said not long ago, Senate confirmation was free of openly partisan politics.