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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Swift supports Bredesen
After staying politically silent for her entire career, Taylor Swift has jumped into the political fray and endorsed a pair of Tennessee Democrats in the November election. The musician, who votes in Tennessee, made the announcement in an Instagram post Sunday night, saying that she would vote for Phil Bredesen for the US Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. “In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now,” she wrote. Swift voiced her support for candidates who she says will “fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.” Notably, Swift called out Bredesen’s Republican opponent, Marsha Blackburn. While Swift said she would like to support women running for office, she cannot vote for Blackburn. “Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,” wrote Swift, running through a list of Blackburn’s policies. Swift said, “These are not MY Tennessee values.” Following the endorsement of Bredesen, President Trump said he now likes Swift's music "25% less". A new online poll by CBS News released on Sunday shows Republican Blackburn with an 8-point lead over Democrat Bredesen among likely voters in Tennessee's U.S. Senate race.


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