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Taylor Swift Endorses Democrats In Tennessee Midterm Elections


Pop star Taylor Swift has made her political stand clear by endorsing two Democrat candidates in the upcoming midterm elections.

In a detailed statement on Instagram, Swift declared she will vote for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., for the House of Representatives.

Swift, who previously preferred not to disclose her political views despite severe pressure in the past, said on Sunday that due to several events in her life and in the world in the past two years, she feels very differently about that now.

Swift also explained her clear-cut opinion on a number of political issues, including support for LGBTQ rights and condemning racism.

The 28-year-old artist made it clear that she will cast her vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for human rights.

"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," Swift wrote.

Swift said that in the midterm elections on November 6th, she cannot support GOP Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn because "her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me."

She noted Blackburn's vote against equal pay for women and the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape.

"She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values," Swift wrote.

Phil Bredesen, who is a former Governor of Tennessee, acknowledged the celebrity endorsement in his favor.

"I'm honored to have your support and that of so many Tennesseans who are ready to put aside the partisan shouting and get things done," Bredesen tweeted.

Polls have shown Bredesen and Blackburn running neck-and-neck in the race to replace retiring Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in the Republican-leaning state.

Swift called on voters to educate themselves on the candidates running in their state and vote based on who most closely represents their values.

"For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway," Swift wrote.

Swift noted that so many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. She reminded them to register before the October 9th deadline.

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