Sales of Clarkson’s most recent album, Stronger, since she made her Ron Paul endorsement, have soared. In the past 24 hours, Clarkson’s record is up 192 percent on Amazon.com, boosting it from #41 to #14.
The fuss around Kelly Clarkson expressing a political point of view was sparked by the winger’s Tweet on Wednesday evening, in which she stated,
“I love Ron Paul. 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.”
The comment enraged many of Clarkson’s Twitter followers, who immediately demanded that she retract her statement, but so far she has refused and stuck by her right to freedom of expression.
Ron Paul, who like Clarkson hails from Texas, has been criticized over the last few weeks for having published a series of newsletters in the 1980s and ’90s that included racist and homophobic remarks. The newsletters’ content was revealed when Paul ran for president in 2008, but they got less attention because the congressman was never a front-runner for the candidacy.
But this time around, polls currently show Paul neck-and-neck in next week’s Iowa caucuses with Mitt Romney. His policy platforms include significantly cutting military spending overseas and returning the country to the gold standard.
Clarkson responded to her critics by saying that she supported Paul because of his stance on limited government.
“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 tweeted after being lambasted online.”
But she said,
“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.”
She said she had never heard that Ron Paul is a racist or a homophobe.