Marsha Blackburn refers to Joe Biden as president-elect; spokesperson says GOP senator 'misspoke'

Marsha Blackburn refers to Joe Biden as president-elect; spokesperson says GOP senator 'misspoke'


Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee added herself Friday to a shortlist of Republicans to recognize President Trump’s projected loss to Joseph R. Biden before reportedly trying to reverse course.

Ms. Blackburn, a steadfast Trump supporter, referred to Mr. Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, California Democrat, as the “president-elect” and “vice president-elect,” respectively.

“I have not spoken with the president-elect,” Ms. Blackburn said on ABC. “We did have the vice president come to the floor, the vice president-elect come to the floor this week to cast a vote. I was presiding at the time. Didn’t get to speak with her.”

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The remark made Ms. Blackburn, one of Mr. Trump’s top allies on Capitol Hill, among just a handful of Republicans to recognize preliminary election results and accept Mr. Biden as the next president.

Local media reported later Friday that Ms. Blackburn’s campaign had already tried to walk it back, however.

“She simply misspoke — it’s nothing more,”

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