From Huffington Post: The first “American Idol” has announced who she wants to be the next American president. Her choice isn’t helping her approval ratings.

“I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance,” Kelly Clarkson wrote on Twitter and WhoSay on Wednesday. “If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”

Like Paul, Clarkson hails from Texas. And like Paul, Clarkson is a fan of limited government. But given her status as a pop star, she caught a lot of criticism from fans who were enraged over Clarkson’s endorsement amidst the ongoing controversy over racist and homophobic newsletters that were sent out under Paul’s name in the 80s.

Addressing the criticism, Clarkson later tweeted:

“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. 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. Out of all of the Republican nominees, he’s my favorite.

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