Nearly a year after voicing her support for former GOP candidate Ron Paul, Kelly Clarkson says she plans to vote for President Barack Obama in November.
Calling herself a "Republican at heart," the 30-year-old Texas native told the Daily Star: “I’ve been reading online about the debates and 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."
But it isn't just lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues that are prompting Clarkson to switch party lines: “I’m not a hardcore feminist but we can’t be going back to the ’50s."
She then noted, "Obama is a great guy. I’ve met him and I’m a fan of Michelle, too."
In December 2011, the pop singer sparked the ire of many fans when she endorsed Paul, who also hails from Texas. I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance," Clarkson wrote on Twitter. "If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he's got my vote."
Many of Clarkson's fans, however, felt differently, pointing to the then-ongoing controversy over racist and homophobic newsletters that were sent out under Paul's name in the 80s.
Addressing the criticism, Clarkson tweeted:
"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."
The singer continued: "Man my eyes have been opened to so much hate tonight. If y'all ever disagree with something I say please don't feel the need to attack me. I will listen to what you say and any articles or viewpoints you have when you say it with respect. Being hateful is not a healthy way to get people to see or hear you. I was raised to respect people and their decisions and beliefs and I hope you will grant me the same decency. If you don't agree with me simply unfollow me. It's really that easy. I hope you don't because I would love the chance to hear what you have to say but if you're so blinded by hate you can't seek peace and progress then that is your unfortunate prerogative."
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Porn star Jenna Jameson voiced her hope for a Romney election in early August. "I'm very looking forward to a Republican being back in office," <a href="http://www.wtsp.com/news/national/article/266612/81/Porn-star-endorses-Romney" target="_hplink">Jameson told CBS News</a> while sipping champagne in a VIP room at the Gold Club in San Francisco. "When you're rich, you want a Republican in office."
Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Richie, is the man behind Romney's campaign theme song "Born Free." The Michigan rocker <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/08/kid-rock-boosts-paul-ryan-in-michigan/" target="_hplink">recently supported vice presidential candidate</a> Paul Ryan at an event in his home state. "We take pride in people's success, we don't resent people for being successful in this country," Ryan said, referring to Kid Rock, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/08/kid-rock-boosts-paul-ryan-in-michigan/" target="_hplink">ABC News reported</a>. "Look at this creator right here - the fruit of his labor coming from his mind, his talents. He took his path to find his happiness, and he is realizing his dreams and he is paving his way. Only in America can you do this. That is what this country is all about."
Donald Trump speaks at the Ritz-Carlton on August 26, 2012 in Sarasota, Florida. Trump accepted the Statesman of the Year Award at the Sarasota GOP dinner ahead of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. The real estate mogul <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/02/donald-trump-endorses-mitt-romney_n_1249625.html" target="_hplink">endorsed Romney back in February</a>: "Mitt is tough, he's smart, he's sharp and he's not going to allow bad things to continue to happen to this country we all love," Trump said. Telling Romney, "Go out and get `em. You can do it."
Actor Clint Eastwood bows after speaking to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. During his speech, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/31/clint-eastwood-obama_n_1845375.html" target="_hplink">Eastwood said</a>: "There are a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood. It is just that the conservative people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest. They do not go around hot-dogging it."
Actor Jon Voight attended the Republican National Convention in support of Mitt Romney. "I think because of Gov. Romney's great talents, his great compassion, his great gifts of leadership, he's going to win this election," <a href="http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/27/voight-obama-controlling-american-media-like-hugo-chavez-does-in-venezuela/" target="_hplink">he told The Daily Caller</a>. "The people are going to become aware of these qualities." As for his daughter, Angelina Jolie, who is a champion of refugee rights and gay marriage, Voight said: "[She's] not so involved in politics, she's involved in refugees. She loves children of course and she's saved these three kids, she adopted these three lovely kids. She's a humanitarian."
Actress Angie Harmon is a Republican who has been frank about her complaints with the Democratic party. "I think one of the greatest things about the Republican Party is the understanding, we don't point fingers and we have class," she <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/01/angie-harmon-republicans_n_181781.html" target="_hplink">told Fox News in 2009</a>. "Not all of us are supposed to believe the same things and think the same way," she added. "I think the difference between the parties is, with the Democrats you can sit down with them and have a 15 minute conversation and if you're not believing everything they say and buying into what they're selling you, it is like you're some dumb hick who doesn't deserve to live here anymore. But with the Republicans, it is like okay I want to know what you know, you want to know what I know, okay great lets go have a beer after work, we're still friends."
KISS rocker Gene Simmons supported Obama in 2008 but has endorsed Romney for 2012. "Strictly speaking on the economy and in my humble opinion, Mitt Romney," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/03/gene-simmons-mitt-romney-endorsement_n_1399906.html" target="_hplink">he told Fox News' Gretchen Carlson in April</a>. "America is a business and should be run by a businessman."
Chuck Norris recently released an anti-Obama video with his wife Gena on his official YouTube channel. In the video, Chuck and Gena warn of "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/04/chuck-norris-obama-reelection-1000-years-of-darkness-mitt-romney_n_1854309.html" target="_hplink">1,000 years of darkness</a>" if Obama is reelected.
Hilary Duff, who was born in Texas, is reportedly a registered Republican, <a href="http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/08/the-20-hottest-celebrity-republicans/hilary-duff" target="_hplink">according to Complex magazine</a>.
Musician Ted Nugent is a vehement supporter of the Republican party. At <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/06/ted-nugent-obama-humanity_n_1747876.html" target="_hplink">a National Rifle Association convention</a> in St. Louis in early August, he called Obama's administration "vile," "evil" and "America-hating." Adding, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," Nugent added.
Country singer Trace Adkins has said, "I want to be able to whole-heartedly support the nominee... It's going to be Mitt Romney and I'm going to support him 100%." He debuted his GOP anthem "<a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/trace-adkins-new-song-sean-hannity-herman-cain-republican-convention-366582" target="_hplink">Tough People Do</a>" at a charity concert at the RNC.
Actress Shannen Doherty is a Republican. Of being a Republican in Hollywood, <a href="http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/08/the-20-hottest-celebrity-republicans/shannen-doherty" target="_hplink">Complex magazine reports her as saying</a>, "I realize that the majority of people in the entertainment business happen to be Democrats. I have no problem with that. And they should have no problem with the fact that I'm a Republican."
Actor Kelsey Grammer voiced his approval of Romney in August during an <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/ae/breakfast/patricia-sheridans-breakfast-with-kelsey-grammer-649675/" target="_hplink">interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</a>. "Oh, I think he'd make a terrific president," the actor told the newspaper. "I think he'd be very good at it. He's a clear thinker. He's a kind man, you know, and he makes a lot of sense."
"Charles In Charge" actor Scott Baio donated $12,500 to the Romney campaign, <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/24/celebs-open-their-wallets-in-white-house-race-mostly-for-obama/comment-page-2/" target="_hplink">according to CNN</a>.
"The View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck (R) is a vocal Republican and has has political debates with her co-hosts on the talk show. During a February <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/02/03/qa-elisabeth-hasselbeck-defends-romney-blasts-those-who-disparage-his-religion/" target="_hplink">interview with Fox News</a>, Hasselbeck defended Romney's Mormon religion, saying, "I don't understand how we can pick and choose certain religions that can be discriminated against, because I dare anyone to put another religion in there for Mitt Romney, and they wouldn't say a word. Are you truly defending the rights of our country when you attack someone when they are whatever religion? What if Mitt Romney was Jewish? What if Mitt Romney was Muslim? Think about how people act differently toward that."
Country singer and CW's "The Next" John Rich has donated $2,500 to the Romney campaign, <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/24/celebs-open-their-wallets-in-white-house-race-mostly-for-obama/comment-page-2/" target="_hplink">CNN reported</a>. He also <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/30/john-rich-clay-aiken-racist-republican-national-convention-rnc_n_1842750.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment" target="_hplink">slammed "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken</a> for joking about the lack of African Americans at the Republican National Convention and Romney's Mormon beliefs.
Pop star and "X Factor" judge Britney Spears is a Republican and she supported George W. Bush. In a 2003 <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2003-09-03/entertainment/cnna.spears_1_tucker-carlson-open-mouth-kiss-britney-spears?_s=PM:SHOWBIZ" target="_hplink">interview with CNN</a>, when she was asked about the Iraq War, Spears said, "I think we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and we should just support that."
Actor Vince Vaughn is reportedly a Republican. In 2004, <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2004-06-15-frat-pack_x.htm" target="_hplink">Owen Wilson told USA Today</a> about the time he and Vaughn had tried to crash a Republican fete: "It was for Young Republicans from Texas or something. Vince actually is a Republican and they didn't believe him. They saw me and said, 'Come on in.' But to Vince, they said, 'We know YOU'RE not a Republican.' "
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is a registered Republican but has not spoken openly about her political beliefs.
LL Cool J
LL Cool J attended the 2004 Republican National Convention in support of John McCain. He has also offered his support to other Republican contenders, including George Pataki. However, earlier this year, <a href="http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1202/10/pmt.01.html" target="_hplink">he told CNN's Piers Morgan</a> that he is an Independent.
Jessica Simpson, a Texas native, is a registered Republican. However, she is careful not to mix politics with her professional career. She was a big Bush supporter in 2004. "Jessica loves the heck out of him," her father Joe has said, according to E! News. However, Simpson has not voiced any preference for Obama or Romney this election season.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer (L) and Linda Bruckheimer, seen here at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute Ambassadors for Humanity Gala held in Hollywood, are Romney supporters. The two donated $25,000 to the Romney Victory Fund, <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/24/celebs-open-their-wallets-in-white-house-race-mostly-for-obama/" target="_hplink">according to CNN</a>.
Denver Broncos legend <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/john-elway-endorse-mitt-romney_n_1931219.html">John Elway announced his support for Mitt Romney</a> in early October. In a prepared statement, Elway said, Romney is a "proven leader with the experience and background to turn around our struggling economy," in a statement on Tuesday. "In these tough economic times, we need a president who understands how to get America working again -- by standing on the side of taxpayers and small-business owners who do the real job creating."
"Clueless" actress Stacey Dash <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/08/stacey-dash-endorses-mitt-romney-twitter-photo-clueless-_n_1947787.html?1349707889">announced via Twitter</a> that she will be supporting Romney in the November election. "Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future," she posted on Oct. 7.
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