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

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.

Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul • Texas • Twitter
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Tim

    This story pretty much sums up CNN's influence on American politics. They've become the National Enquirer of politics, except thye get outworked by the National Enquirer. How's it feel to get your political news from a tabloid?

    December 29, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Sylvia asked:

    The truth is, what has Ron Paul ever done or said in his many years in public life that can so much as remotely be construed as “racist?”
    When son Rand voluntarily informed the world that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should be repealed because it "contradicts the libertarian view" of freedom of speeck, he was asked to elaborate. Rand went on to say that people should be allowed to express bigoted views, even to the point of saying that business owners the right to deny customers entrance into their places of business or racial grounds. When contronted with his son's remarks, Ron Paul failed to denounce or deny them. He basically dodged answering the question, by reaffirming the right to freedom of speech. In other words, he basically agreed with the sentiments expressed by his son, Sen. Rand.

    December 29, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. 71556

    Ah, the cult of celebrity. Just because you're famous you're supposed to have a brain and something to say. The proof of the falsity of this is seen all around our culture every day. This is just another piece of evidence. But why should CNN even report this?

    December 29, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Why

    hey kool-aide

    December 29, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Ed - Rochester, NY

    Gee, thanks for the input Kelly. I'll take it under advisement.

    December 29, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. ML

    Wolf Blitzer asked Ron would you create jobs and when would they come.

    He said...I dont know. Well at least thats honest.

    He won't get elected for that reason.

    December 29, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. jim

    Who is this? Why do we care? If this nobody doesn't understand Paul's positions and statements, yet supports him, she is just like millions of other American voters: ignorant by choice, hate filled and prone to following shiny objects.

    December 29, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. nothing better to do

    I agree with all the RP supporters here. The left wing controlled media is now scurrying like rats as they see RPs immense popularity soar and they will do noth.........What? what are you telling me? RP's own pollsters have him at no more than 30% of republicans? hmmmm.....geez....that makes 15% of all voters.....heheheh well, 15% of some things are still immense, just ask John Holmes, I wish i was 15% of that. Oh well.....nevermind.

    December 29, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. jesskuiper

    oh CNN give me a break and let the dumb newsletters go. We already heard Ron Pauls response and nobody believes hes a racist. EVEN IF HE WAS over half the country IS racist, so really you are just giving more people more reason to look at Ron Paul. She said he has no chance not because the people wont vote for him, but because dirty corporations like yourself who are biased and slanderous will do everything they can to keep him out of office. We know our vote doesn't matter much when greedy leaders will pay to keep him out. Let the newsletters go. Really. How uneducated do you think your viewers/readers really are? Give the man a FAIR chance.

    December 29, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. ThinkAgain

    @Larry: "This is the only guy out there that actually walks the walk."

    Fine, but I think he's doing the crazy "I got mine, screw you" two-step.

    December 29, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. David

    Good for her!! Why should she let others dictate her political views. She was attacked by a bunch of ill-informed people and stood her ground. Maybe those tweeters should get the facts instead of regurgitating a clear smear campaign by the Mainstream Media. Ron Paul is squeaky clean so they had to dig up something from 20 years ago that wasn't even written by him nor endorsed by him..Keep digging and we will keep voting Ron Paul in 2012!!

    December 29, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. nancy

    Well, when you get the support of a brilliant political strategist like Kelly Clarkson you know you're a winner.

    December 29, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Woman In California

    Ron Paul was born during a time in our history where white people "thought" they were better than black people. He has not departed from that way of thinking to this day. He's stuck in his ways and ideas and nothing is going to change that. He is also a bigot and a divider. Defend him all you want but one thing is for sure he is not what this country needs now or ever and I'm glad republicans realize this.

    Obama 2012

    December 29, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Edison

    ROn Paul 2012!

    December 29, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Pelle

    Ok but who does Justin Guarini support? That's much more important!

    December 29, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. gt

    big sharpton endorsed obama... dont care much for either one...

    December 29, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Truth Hurts

    she should stick to singing and eating, I guess

    December 29, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom(real one)

    And why do we care what a young woman thinks? Please CNN spare us. Post interesting and challenging articles, or is CNN now tabloid news?

    December 29, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Steve

    Liking Ron Paul because he says one specific thing that makes sense but ignoring every other crazy thing he believes in is like wanting to date a serial killer who promises you're not on the list.

    December 29, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Why asked:

    I would love to see someone post a link to speech or a conversation where Paul said something racist!
    Sorry, moderators delete replies with links. You are going to have to do a web search for "rand paul civil rights act quote" and be sure to follow up with a search for Ron Paul's responses to questions about his son's remarks. Then senate candidate, Rand Paul, was a pretty outspoken guy who had his dad's full support. Until he spilled the red beans with Maddow.

    December 29, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    David wrote:

    Ron Paul is squeaky clean so they had to dig up something from 20 years ago that wasn't even written by him nor endorsed by him..
    Ron Paul's red neck is glowing. Ron Paul has avoid *ALL* question from the national media because he claims to have not written the stuff, or having not known about the content, has been thoroughly debunked by videotapes of Ron Paul himself proudly taking credit for having written it and spreading it. Ron Paul has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

    December 29, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Rob

    I find it funny the people posting that they will not buy her albums. You will not buy her albums because she has a difference of opinion from you. You do not like her because she is different from you. That sounds to me like you are intolerant. : )

    December 29, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. LacrosseSon

    Please excuse my mother. She's a product of the 60's and still has some residual bad acid her body can't expel.

    December 29, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Rob

    Rudy NYC wrote "previously debunked"? Suddenly going silent in the middle of an interview, removing your microphone, and walking out of the room without comment is not debunking. It's acting like a juvenile and extremely rude.

    Guess you did not see the ENTIRE UNEDITED interview released by CNN days later. Check it out on Youtube. Gloria was given a good 8 minutes or so. Tail end of the interview. She was given plenty of time. He answered her questions and she continued to "dumpster dive".

    December 29, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. pete4808 in Philladelphia

    Only Ron Paul, of all the presidential candidates of both major parties, has repeatedly spoken out clearly and forcefully against the belligerent war propaganda and calculated lies in the bipartisan lead up to war with Iran, against the bipartisan campaign for punitive sanctions against Iran, and against further covert operations to destabilize the fragile geopolitical situation in the Mideast.

    December 29, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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