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Rave reviews for self-described Republican Kelly Clarkson's inauguration contribution

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It isn’t being mentioned much in the rave reviews of her inauguration-stopping rendition of ‘America,’ from the steps of the Capitol on Monday afternoon, but Kelly Clarkson is a rarity among Hollywood celebrities — a Republican.

The Texas-bred former American Idol winner, who backed Ron Paul before he dropped out of the Republican presidential race last year, got a handshake and a peck on the cheek from President Obama after her performance at the inauguration. She later tweeted a photo of herself and the president that she called “maybe the coolest photo I’ve ever been in.”

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, following Ms. Clarkson to the podium, had a one-word review: “Wow.”

Ms. Clarkson has described herself as a “Republican at heart,” but she said she voted for Mr. Obama last year because of his stance on gay rights.

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David Eldridge

David Eldridge

David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper's coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper's website. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as executive ...

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