Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, visited Lafayette on Friday to meet with community members and discuss her platform in the closing stages of a contested race against former Gov. Phil Bredesen.

“I’m running to make certain that we have more constitutional Supreme Court justices and federal judges ... that we keep our tax cuts,” Blackburn said. “I’m going to vote for tax cuts when they come around, because it is more money in your pocket every single day.”

She also expressed support for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, strict immigration laws and enforcement, and explained her focus on rural health care.

“There are several different components of (rural health care),” Blackburn said. “One is getting high speed Internet and broadband into our hospitals and into our clinics in rural areas so they can access telemedicine, telehealth, remote monitoring and digital imaging.”

She said that access is important in allowing people to receive care from their own communities, particularly for senior citizens or those with severe conditions.

“When it comes to Medicare, one of the most important things we can do is return the $700 billion that President Obama took out of the Medicare trust fund to stand up Obamacare,” Blackburn said. “This is the reason seniors are currently seeing higher co-pays.“

Blackburn also addressed actions taken against the opioid crisis facing Tennessee and the surrounding areas, noting that the House and Senate have consistently been able to pass bipartisan legislation on the issue.

“There were two pieces of legislation in (a recently-passed package dealing with opioids) that were (mine),” Blackburn said. “One ... addresses the Medicaid population to make sure they aren’t being overprescribed or overfilled. The second piece deals with our international mail facilities, and it will allow the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) — when they have packages of fentanyl and heroin coming in — they can get all of those packages and destroy them.”

In addition to public health, Blackburn said she hopes to address public safety by making it easier to connect with law enforcement. Currently, Blackburn serves as chair for the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, where she has made similar efforts.

“Through my leadership as chair ... we have expanded FirstNet, which ... many of our communities are using as an advanced response system,” Blackburn said. “(There is) also the Next Generation 9-1-1 initiative, which will allow people to communicate with local law enforcement by voice, video or data.”

Regarding the outcome of the election, Blackburn said she sees Tennessee continuing to support the Republican Party overall.

“Tennesseans want a conservative in the U.S. Senate ... willing to support President Trump and his agenda, and to get that agenda to the president’s desk,” she said. “They can count on me to take those Tennessee values to Washington and put them to work.”