Taylor Swift endorses Phil Bredesen in Tennessee Senate race


Pop star Taylor Swift announced on her Instagram page Sunday that she was supporting Phil Bredesen in Tennessee’s closely contested Senate race. 

In the post, Swift acknowledges that she’s been quiet publicly on politics in the past but, “due to several events in my life and the past two years, I feel very differently about that now”. 

Swift has faced criticism for not speaking about political issues despite having a global platform. Yet in 2017, she appeared on the cover of Time magazine as one of the “silence breakers” for her countersuit against a radio DJ who was fired after allegedly groping her before a concert. Swift won the lawsuit in a verdict that awarded her $1, which according to the suit served as “an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”

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The pop star — who spent later years growing up in Tennessee — also slammed Republican candidate and U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her lengthy post on Sunday, citing Blackburn’s opposition to certain LGBTQ rights and voting against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.

Swift said she cannot support a candidate who doesn’t support issues like LGBTQ rights and a candidate “who will not be willing to fight for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color.” 

“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,” Swift wrote.

Blackburn’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

U.S. Senate Candidate Phil Bredesen expressed his appreciation to Swift on Twitter. 

Bredesen’s campaign also released a statement on the endorsement. 

“It’s clear that Governor Bredesen’s message of working together to get things done is resonating with Democrats, Independents, and Republicans throughout the state. As a U.S. Senator, he will represent Tennesseans of all stripes. The choice continues to be clear: voters can either have more of the same old partisan shouting that’s coming out of D.C, or they can hire someone who has a track record of getting things done for Tennessee. It’s time for some fresh air up there, and that’s why Governor Bredesen is applying for the job.”

Swift said she’s not only voting for the former Tennessee governor for Senate, but also Democrat Jim Cooper for the House.

However, Swift didn’t acknowledge Bredesen’s recent endorsement of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but said people may never find a candidate or party with whom they agree completely on every issue.

The last day to register to vote is October 9. Voting day is November 6. 

Be sure to tune in to the final debate in the Senate race on October 10 at 7 p.m. on News 2. 

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