Rep. Ron Paul's American Idol vote
December 29th, 2011
10:47 AM ET
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Rep. Ron Paul's American Idol vote

(CNN) – Texas Rep. Ron Paul captured the vote of an American Idol early Thursday when winner Kelly Clarkson tweeted her support for her fellow Texan's candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

"I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance," she said in a tweet too long to fit within the social media site's 140 character limit. "If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he's got my vote."

But even the platinum-selling recording artist whose support for Paul dates back to 2008 expressed doubt in his electability.

"Too bad he probably won't," she said in the tweet.

Facing backlash later for her candid comments, Clarkson followed up with another too-long tweet.

"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," she said.

The twelve-term congressman who's making his third bid for the presidency recently drew ire for newsletters published in his name during the 1980's and 1990's that contained racist and anti-gay language. During an interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger, Paul testily removed his microphone after being questioned about the publications that he claimed to have already addressed and dismissed as old news.

But Clarkson, for one, was not dissuaded. In follow-up tweets she defended her choice and noted she'd "never heard that he's a racist," and "never seen or heard Ron Paul say anything against gay people."

"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."

Although she identified herself as a Republican, Clarkson said she "voted Democrat last election."

And this go-round, "Out of all of the Republican nominees, he's my favorite," she said.

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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Rob

    Rudy NYC wrote "he wasn't answering the pertinint questions regarding videotapes of Paul that totally contradict his false denials regarding the articles in his own newsletter".

    He was not asked about videotapes in that interview. He was asked about the newsletters. He said he did not write them and he disavows them.

    Also Rudy, Dr. Paul had 4 newsletters at the time while working as a doctor in the private sector. Out of thousands or articles written over numerous years the media has found a handful of comments. Keep in mind these are brought out days before an election (NH 2008 and now). He answered these questions numerous times.

    December 29, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Rob

    Rudy NYC wrote "Paul has continued to dodge national media since that moment."

    Um.. Christmas holiday? I see him all over the news today.

    December 29, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Wise1Speak


    Does Rick Perry understand that these "cartoon-like" ads only appeal to voters who think Sponge Bob is an epic movie? Do Rick Perry understand that his selection of ads reflects back on his judgment, character, and what intelligent voters think of his intellect.

    December 29, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. k

    another Texas idiot, America needs to steer clear of all Texas Politicians, especially those running for President

    December 29, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Rob

    Rudy NYC wrote "If he had any spine he would make a speech on race in a press conference, but he's unable to bring himself to do so."

    Hmm.. so if you make a speech everything goes away. President Obama made a "speech" in 2008. How is racism in America better today then it was 4 years ago? Has the president done anything to address black unemployment which is higher then unemployment for everyone else? How about the unfair drug laws? The death penalty that unfairly targets African Americans?

    December 29, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Natalie

    He's for "smaller government" my behind! He would gladly take away a women's right to choose; a decision that should be made between a woman and her physician. So much for small government. And taking away the EPA? That'd be a deadly mistake, literally. I can't imagine, if left to their own devices, big corps. putting profit before a clean envronment (water and air). Get real, people.

    December 29, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Seam

    @Rob: President Obama's speech on racism back in 2008 was about starting the conversation about race. It was not meant to solve the problem of racism. Don't confuse the point. For grown-ups, it was a teachable moment. You can't solve racism with a speech; however, you can address those things that make people feel uncomfortable. To be a leader, a guy like Paul should use his platform to offer his thoughts and provide some perspective for people that don't understand his stance. The problem with Paul is that he hasn't faced sensitive issues head on because he'd rather they just go away over time. But, what else do you expect from Paul? I could be wrong, but I haven't seen the guy reach out to any minority groups.

    December 29, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Jilli

    Do you also love his bigoted and homophobic views Ms. Clarkson?

    The crazy uncle schtick is amusing for a while, but the reality is, paul would be a disaster. Why doesn't he just take a 1 year sabbatical in Somalia to see how well his ideology works in practice – and leave the US to serious people.

    December 29, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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