Kelly Clarkson Ron Paul

December 30, 2011 by staff 

Kelly Clarkson Ron PaulKelly Clarkson Ron Paul, Maybe all Kelly Clarkson ever wanted was Texas Rep. Ron Paul for President. Clarkson, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and first “American Idol” winner, endorsed the 2012 GOP presidential hopeful Thursday and immediately faced a barrage of criticism from the Twittersphere.

“I love Ron Paul,” Clarkson tweeted. “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.”

The pop idol’s Twitter followers blasted Clarkson for backing the Libertarian-leaning Texan, who finds himself on the defensive amid revelations that he published a series of racist and homophobic newsletters under his name in the 1980s and 1990s.

“I have never heard that Ron Paul is a racist or a homophobe,” tweeted Clarkson, who said she backs Paul because he believes in less government.

Clarkson, who has previously addressed rumors of her own sexuality, later apologized if her endorsement offended anyone. “I do not support racism,” she tweeted. “I support gay rights, straight rights, women’s rights, men’s rights, white/black/purple/orange rights.”

Paul, who would return America to the gold standard, bring home U.S. troops from overseas, and defund the federal government, is statistically tied for the lead with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among Republican voters in next Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses, according to a CNN/Time/ORC International poll released this week.

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