The Iowas caucuses are still a few days away, but two female pop singer-songwriters are already casting their vote for one 2012 Republican presidential candidate. On Wednesday night (Dec. 28), Kelly Clarkson unofficially endorsed Republican mainstay Ron Paul on Twitter, and Michelle Branch quickly followed suit.
"I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance," Clarkson wrote. "If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he's got my vote. Too bad he probably won't."
The backlash from Clarkson's 925,000 followers quickly followed, with the pop singer clarifying that she does not endorse Paul's alleged racism (as reported in some recently retrieved newsletters in The New Republic) and calling some of the responses "demeaning & rude." "Ron Paul is about letting people decide, not the government. I am for this," she continued.
However, Clarkson did find one famous defender in Branch, who posted on Twitter, "I wholeheartedly agree. #RonPaul." Like Clarkson, Branch appeared to receive some unsightly responses, and followed with, "Hmm. Didn't mean to offend. I am not racist and am absolutely not a homophobe. Just trying to weed through the non-impressive choices!"
Although Clarkson declared that she is a Republican, she added that she "actually voted Democrat last election," and that, "I don't believe in the death penalty. Most Republicans do but not me." The singers' statements arrive just days before the Iowa caucus on Jan. 3; Clarkson kicks off her "Stronger" 2012 tour in Mashantucket, Conn. 10 days later.