Singers Kelly Clarkson and Michelle Branch have taken to Twitter to announce their support of Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul.
Clarkson, the American Idol winner, tweeted her support on Wednesday by writing, "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," she added.
“Everywhere” singer Michelle Branch agreed writing, "I wholeheartedly agree. #RonPaul," on her Twitter page.
Both celebrities were met with immediate chastisement over their support due to recent allegations of racist articles in several of Ron Paul’s newsletters.
Clarkson defended herself, clarifying that she does not condone any of the allegations of racism, but she does support his anti-government stance.
"Ron Paul is about letting people decide, not the government. I am for this," she tweeted. She also tweeted that she is Republican but voted Democrat last year because of her anti-death penalty stance.
"I don't believe in the death penalty. Most Republicans do but not me," she tweeted.
Branch also faced the same criticism by her fans for her support of Ron Paul and she defended herself by tweeting, "Hmm. Didn't mean to offend. I am not racist and am absolutely not a homophobe. Just trying to weed through the non-impressive choices!"
Some of Ron Paul’s views include state legalization of marijuana and the sanctity of marriage. Paul said the war on drugs “has proven costly and ineffective, while creating terrible violent crime,” in an interview with The New York Times.
Paul is anti-gay marriage and for immigration reform, which includes ending birthright citizenship. He also is in favor of less government regulation in financial affairs and has proposed an 11-page plan to restore America where he vows to cut $1 trillion in debt his first year in office.
Paul plans extensive cuts to government infrastructure like the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, foreign aid, the Department of Education and the Energy Department.