Getting Political

Lindsay Lohan Backs Mitt Romney, Kelly Clarkson Loves Ron Paul and More Celebrity GOP Endorsements

Lindsay Lohan said she is supporting Romney. See other stars who bucked the Hollywood lefty trend.

There are some celebrities who aren’t lefties: Lindsay Lohan hit the red carpet Thursday night to renounce her support of Barack Obama and firmly pledge her allegiance to Team Romney. From Kelly Clarkson’s endorsement of Ron Paul to the Duggars hitting the trail for Rick Santorum, see other celebrities who have gone out on a limb for a GOP candidate.

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Lindsay Lohan—Mitt Romney

Luckily for Mitt Romney, Lindsay Lohan was never convicted of a felony and can vote. The starlet took to the red carpet Thursday and declared her support for Mitt Romney. “I think employment is really important right now,” she said (although some sources have her saying “unemployment”). “So, as of now, Mitt Romney. As of now.” Lohan supported Obama in 2008, so what changed her mind? She wouldn’t say, only teasing, “It’s a long story, but you’re going to have to wait for that.” Perhaps it has something to do with Amanda Bynes’s tweet to the president? After all, Lohan did tweet to the president in April that he should consider cutting taxes “for those that are listed on Forbes as ‘millionaires.’”

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Stacey Dash — Mitt Romney

What would Dionne say? Clueless star Stacey Dash tweeted a patriotic photo of herself on Sunday  and told her followers to “vote Romney. The only choice for your future.” But in this politically-charged climate, no political tweet goes unnoticed. Within hours, Dash received backlast for sharing her views—with one person tweeting to her that she is “an unemployed black woman endorsing Mitt Romney. You’re voting against yourself thrice, you poor beautiful idiot.” Her tweet even drew a response from Samuel L. Jackson, an unabashed Obama supporter, who tweeted “did Stacey Dash really endorse Romney today?! REALLY????! Is she CRA ...........??!” Dash defended her presidential choice on Tuesday, saying she doesn’t “feel offended” and “this is the man I want to lead my country.” Dash also invoked Martin Luther King Jr. to her critics, saying on Piers Morgan that she chose Romney “not by the color of skin, but for the content of his character.” One unlikely supporter? Georgetown student and right-wing lightning rod Sandra Fluke, who tweeted her support for Dash, writing “so disappointed to see people attacking @REALStaceyDash for voicing her opinion. Disagree politically, but #racistattacks unacceptable.”

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Kid Rock — Mitt Romney

Romney littered his path to the 2012 Michigan GOP primary with a litany of I’m-rich gaffes, announcing to voters that his wife drives two Cadillacs and that he has friends who own NASCAR teams. At the last minute, he decided to whip out his last-chance weapon: the once-semi-famous Kid Rock, who played “Born Free” at a Romney rally in Royal Oak, Michigan. The endorsement is no surprise: the outspokenly liberal Sheryl Crow, who is friends with Kid Rock, once described him as “super conservative.”

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Dave Mustaine – Rick Santorum

President Obama’s standing in the polls is improving on news that the economy has seen consecutive months of job growth, but there’s one man who’s not impressed – Megadeth founder and frontman Dave Mustaine. “You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities,” Mustaine said in an interview with Music Radar in which he appraised the Republican field, “and I’m hoping that if it does come down to it, we’ll see a Republican in the White House … and that it’s Rick Santorum.” Maybe Mustaine will be able to shake the congenitally unhip Santorum out of his sweater vest. And while Santorum has likely never seen the business end of a mosh pit, it’s not the former Metallica guitarist’s first foray into politics. In 1992, he reported from the floor of the Democratic National Convention for MTV.

 

Chuck Norris – Newt Gingrich

Who could forget Chuck Norris’s 2008 endorsement of Mike Huckabee? Huckabee first got Norris’s blessing in October 2007, but they more famously teamed up together for an ad where former Arkansas governor said his plan to increase border security could be boiled down to two words: Chuck Norris. Without Huckabee in the race and since Norris’s friend and fellow Texan Rick Perry dropped out of the race, Norris has chosen to throw his support behind Newt Gingrich . Norris posted on World Net Daily that “we need a veteran of political war who has already fought Goliath.” Norris said he and his wife believe Gingrich’s “experience, leadership, knowledge, wisdom, faith and even humility to learn his failures (personal and public) can return America to its glory day

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Oliver Stone – Ron Paul

Oliver Stone has made movies about JFK, Nixon and George W. Bush—does he want to add Ron Paul to the mix? The director, who donated money to Barack Obama in 2008, said there’s a candidate he would vote for against Obama—Ron Paul. Stone said Paul is “the only one of anybody who is saying anything intelligent about the future of the world.”  Stone went on to say the U.S. is in the middle of an “identity crisis” and Americans “keep running this fantasy that we can dominate history, it’s not a wild card, it’s a given!”  The always-active Paul supporters were already clamoring in the comments for a Stone film about the presidential candidate.

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Duggars—Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum got about 13 new supporters in the start of 2012 when Jim Bob Duggar and 12 of his children joined the campaign trail. “You’re not going to find the perfect candidate unless it’s Jesus Christ,” he said.

  

Duggar, who stars with his wife and large family on the show 19 Kids & Counting, also said Santorum is a “proven Christian conservative” who “votes on things based on the Constitution of the United States and the Bible.” The Duggars often have supported Republican candidates in the past—including campaigning in 2007 for Mike Huckabee, who went on to win the Iowa caucus—and family members have similar beliefs when it comes to abortion and family values. Jim Bob said he was ignored by Mitt Romney four years ago when he asked about abortion. Matriarch Michelle Duggar recorded robo calls for Santorum, and though the family may not be able to caucus in Iowa, they spent New Year’s Eve turning the family bus into a campaign coach for the former senator, and brought along some other relatives as well as 15 family friends to campaign in Iowa. But it looked like they hadn’t told Santorum, as he mistook the family bus for a campaign vehicle—and reportedly exclaimed, “I’m not paying for that!”

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Kelly Clarkson—Ron Paul

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.

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Cindy Crawford—Mitt Romney

Despite supporting—and donating money to—President Obama in 2008, supermodel Cindy Crawford appeared in a demonstration video for Mitt Romney in May. While not exactly an endorsement, the video was shown at a Las Vegas event that took in $10.25 million. Crawford’s publicist insisted the supermodel had not chosen any candidate yet, but rather is “friendly with Mitt’s son,” but did not specify which son.

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Dean Cain—Rick Perry

Dean Cain may have played impartial reporter Clark Kent on TV’s Lois and Clark, but in real life the actor is an active Republican who enthusiastically supported John McCain 2008. In the early days of the 2012 race, Cain told Fox News that he didn’t have a favored candidate. Enter Rick Perry in August. By September Cain told Fox News, “I undoubtedly like Rick Perry … I like his record on job creation.” Cain elaborated further, saying, “It’s always about the jobs.”

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Kelsey Grammer—Michele Bachmann

An enthusiastic supporter of Rudy Giuliani in 2008, Kelsey Grammer has since taken on a political role in Hollywood as a corrupt mayor in Starz’s Boss. Many were quick to say Grammer supported Michele Bachmann after he recorded a video message at her Troopathon fundraiser in June. But his publicist told The Hill that Grammer had not endorsed any candidate. But Grammer’s not out of the politics game yet: the actor joined with famous Hollywood conservative Jon Voight to kick off a Tim Pawlenty–backed PAC in Minneapolis.

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Vince Vaughn—Ron Paul

It sounds like the start of a joke, but it turns out this is for real: Vince Vaughn called Ron Paul in 2009 to talk about the Fed, and the pair became such close friends that Vaughn invited Paul and his wife to the premiere of Couples Retreat. Vaughn introduced Paul at the Liberty Political Action Conference in Reno, Nev., in September 2011, and Paul campaign spokesman Jesse Benton described Vaughn as “a great guy who loves liberty.”

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Prodigy—Ron Paul

It turns out that Kelly Clarkson is not the first musician to endorse Ron Paul. Rapper Prodigy threw his support to the GOP candidate in May, saying “I love Ron Paul … I read his books while I was locked up, End the Fed and all that.” Prodigy said he thought Paul would “shake things up a little bit”—but he insisted “they” would never let Paul win the election.

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Stephen Baldwin—Rick Perry

Although his brother Alec is one of Hollywood’s well-known liberals, Stephen Baldwin jumped on the Rick Perry train in September after appearing at a Tea Party rally earlier in the year with Perry and Herman Cain. But things might get a little awkward at the next Perry event: Alec Baldwin has played Rick Perry on Saturday Night Live.

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Barry Manilow—Ron Paul

Ron Paul really must resonate with the music industry. In September Barry Manilow said he agrees with “just about everything” Paul says. In 2008 Manilow donated $2,300 to Paul’s campaign. But Manilow’s support is not exclusively for Republican candidates: the crooner also donated money in 2008 to Democrats Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Barack Obama.

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Juliette Lewis for Ron Paul

Actress Juliette Lewis attends The Creative Coalition's Spotlight Initiative Awards during the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 in Toronto. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)