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Rep. Marsha Blackburn claps back at Taylor Swift, defends her record

Alex Gangitano, CQ-Roll Call on

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WASHINGTON -- Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is running for Senate in Tennessee, snapped back at music superstar Taylor Swift for criticizing her record.

The congresswoman went on "Fox & Friends First" Wednesday to outline the ways that she has worked for women after Swift said on social medial that Blackburn's "voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies" her.

Blackburn said she had a "good record" on certain women's issues.

"Of course I support women and I want violence to end against women. I have been very active in abuse shelters and in child advocacy centers, I've been advocating for women and equal pay since I was 19 years old and making certain that women have the opportunity for maximum pay," Blackburn said.

Blackburn is running against former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Swift wrote on Instagram on Sunday that she would like to continue voting for women, but "cannot support Marsha Blackburn" and would be voting for Bredesen.

The musician said Blackburn voted against equal pay for women and against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, supported a business's right to refuse service to gay couples and believes gay couples shouldn't have the right to marry.

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As a result, nearly 71,000 people ages 18-24 registered to vote between Sunday and Tuesday, 45 percent of the roughly 159,000 voters who registered in that three-day period. A spike like that is unprecedented, a Vote.org spokesperson told Roll Call.

Swift continued her push on Tuesday night. While accepting the award for Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards, she encouraged people to "get out and vote."

(Griffin Connolly contributed to this report.)

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