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Blackburn not planning run for president in 2016

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Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Monday she wasn't running for president in 2016, even though there's chatter on an influential website.

An aid told the website Real Clear Politics that Blackburn was "testing the waters" and would consider a run for the White House if there was an opening.

Over the weekend, Blackburn spoke at a conservative gathering in New Hampshire.

She said she was the only female officer holder from out-of-state who visited, so it naturally raised eyebrows.

"It sparked a little interest into what I was doing there," said Blackburn. "I am not running for president. I am running for election and I was thrilled to be there. I'm always a fighter for the cause of freedom and thrilled to be there."

Blackburn said she had too many "irons in the fire" in Congress and wants to stay there to continue serving her district.

Political experts said there could be an opportunity if she puts in the work.

"Whether she could raise the kind of money, whether she's thought about the various policy issues any candidate had to deal with, that's not clear," said Vanderbilt political science professor John Geer. "The Republican field is pretty open in 2016."

Geer said Blackburn would have to convince key members of the Republican Party and the press that she is ready for the national stage.

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