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Kelly Clarkson Endorses Ron Paul

USMagazine, Thursday, December 29, 2011, 9:00am (PST)

Kelly Clarkson is getting political.

The American Idol champ voiced her support for Republican Ron Paul Wednesday via Twitter, and says that should the Texas politician snag a 2012 presidential bid, he's got her vote.

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"I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last Republican nomination and no one gave him a chance," Clarkson, 29, who considers herself to be a Republican but supported the Democrats in the last election, Tweeted Wednesday. "If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he's got my vote. Too bad he probably won't."

When Clarkson's Twitter followers accused the politician, 76, of racism and homophobia, the singer was forced to clarify her endorsement.

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"I love all people and could care less if you like men or women," she replied to one Twitter follower after fans cited articles published in a Paul newsletter from the late 1970s until 1990. "I have never heard that Ron Paul is a racist or homophobe?" (Paul has denied he wrote the commentary and said he does not agree with the statements.)

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"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," an under-fire Clarkson continued. "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."

Iowa voters will begin the process to select 2012's Republican presidential nominee next week.

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