Who knew an American Idol winner and Ron Paul could help each other out so much? When Kelly Clarkson first tweeted her support in December, she was met with criticism—and even lost a number of Twitter followers.
“I love Ron Paul,” Clarkson tweeted. “I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.” Clarkson tweeted that she had never “heard that Ron Paul is a racist or a homophobe,” and she refused to take down the tweet even after she clarified that she does “not support racism. I support gay rights, women’s rights, men’s rights, white/black/purple/orange rights.” But by the end of the week, sales of her album Stronger had risen 442 percent, and while it’s impossible to know how much that had to do with her Paul endorsement, several fans on Amazon made comments like “if you are smart enough to endorse Ron Paul then you are probably talented too.” Paul himself—or at least people on his staff—noticed the Clarkson endorsement as well, with the congressman asking at a Rock the Vote event on Jan. 2, “Does anyone know the name Kelly Clarkson?”—to wild cheers.