'Republican at heart' Kelly Clarkson endorses Obama for president entertainment 1x1.trans

Kelly Clarkson performs at the PNC Bank Arts Center on August 26, 2012 in Holmdel, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)

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American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson describes herself a “Republican at heart” and she supported Ron Paul’s candidacy earlier this year, but she is voting for President Barack Obama this November largely because of his pro-marriage equality position. The Huffington Post reports:

Nearly a year after voicing her support for former GOP candidate Ron Paul, Kelly Clarkson says she plans to vote for President Barack Obama in November.

Calling herself a “Republican at heart,” the 30-year-old Texas native told the Daily Star: “I’ve been reading online about the debates and I’m probably going to vote for Obama again…I can’t support Romney’s policies as I have a lot of gay friends and I don’t think it’s fair they can’t get married.”

But it isn’t just lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues that are prompting Clarkson to switch party lines: “I’m not a hardcore feminist but we can’t be going back to the ’50s.”

She then noted, “Obama is a great guy. I’ve met him and I’m a fan of Michelle, too.”

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