American singer and songwriter Kelly Clarkson says she plans to vote for President Barack Obama in November partly because he is a “great guy,” making a seemingly drastic swing after originally supporting the very Libertarian Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) for president.
Though she calls herself a “Republican at heart,” the singer and native Texan told the Daily Star that she has been “reading online about the debates” and what she has discovered has apparently made her an Obama supporter.
“I’m probably going to vote for Obama again…I can’t support Romney’s policies as I have a lot of gay friends and I don’t think it’s fair they can’t get married,” Clarkson said.
In addition to her support for gay marriage, Clarkson also bought into the Obama campaign’s narrative that Romney is waging a “war on women,” saying “I’m not a hardcore feminist but we can’t be going back to the ’50s.”
She later added, “Obama is a great guy. I’ve met him and I’m a fan of Michelle, too.”
In December 2011, Clarkson somehow ignited controversy by simply voicing her support for Paul.
“I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t,” Clarkson said on Twitter.
Some of the pop singer’s followers accused Paul of being racist and homophobic, referencing newsletters that were sent out using his name in 1980s.
She later felt obligated to address the backlash and tweeted the following message:
“I am really sorry if I have offended anyone. Obviously that was not my intent. I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women’s rights, men’s rights, white/black/purple/orange rights. I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all. Out of all of the Republican nominees, he’s my favorite.”
(H/T: Huffington Post)
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