President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spoke to an estimated crowd of 12,000 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Nov. 4, urging a vote for Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who’s leaving the House and running for the Senate seat previously held by Republican Bob Corker.
Warming the crowd up, Pence called Blackburn “a woman of faith and conviction” who has stood by Trump on increasing the military budget, cuts to taxes and regulations, and “will always stand for the right to life.”
Trump followed with a case for his administration, promising to take his agenda to the next level.
While extolling the “economic boom like we’ve never had before going strong,” Trump has started to paint a picture of an economy greater still.
“I’ll tell you what, honestly, we haven’t even begun. We have such potential. We have such potential,” he said. “As crazy as it sounds, we have such potential.”
He then made a vote for Blackburn a decision between the economic boom and his administration’s focus on security, and the Democrats’ stated goal of reversing his policies.
“Your next senator, Marsha Blackburn, will keep your economy thriving, your wages rising, your jobs soaring, and she will keep your families and communities safe,” he said.
Blackburn came on stage with a word of praise for Trump and Pence and then turned to her opponent, former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen.
“I think Tennesseans want a U.S. Senator who is going to do exactly what she says she is going to do,” Blackburn said, an apparent jab at the perceived two-facedness of Bredesen.
“Marsha is running against a far-left liberal and you’re finding that out, finally,” Trump said, calling Bredesen “the handpicked candidate of [Senate Democrat leader] Chuck Schumer.”
“If my opponent, Phil Bredesen, had his way, Hillary Clinton … would be president and not any of these things would be happening,” she said, referring to Trump’s accomplishments.
At that point, her speech was cut off by the crowd chanting “lock her up”—a common response to the mention of Clinton at Trump rallies. Trump supporters commonly consider Clinton generally corrupt and criminally culpable for mishandling classified information when using a private email server during her tenure.
“If you want to vote ‘no’ on Hillary Clinton and her cronies one more time, stand with me,” Blackburn concluded.
Latest polls show Blackburn either tied or slightly ahead of Bredesen.