With Election Day fast approaching, a number of celebrities have taken time out of their busy schedules to support President Obama in his bid for reelection. In September, the Democratic National Convention welcomed such high-profile guests as Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria, and Rosario Dawson, while dozens of other stars have done everything from Tweeting to fundraising to help the campaign.
While many people tend to associate a career in entertainment with being a Democrat (with the exception of Clint Eastwood and Stacey Dash), there are actually quite a few celebrities who are supporters of the GOP. As the countdown to the election continues, here's a look at some residents of Tinseltown who are proud to vote Republican.
Former "Beverly Hills, 90210" bad girl Shannen Doherty insists she doesn't mind breaking with Hollywood's political tradition by voting Republican. The 41-year-old said, "I realize that the majority of people in the entertainment business happen to be Democrats. I have no problem with that. And they should have no problem with the fact that I'm a Republican." Similarly, bad boy Kid Rock has gone against the grain by voting Republican, saying "you have to stand for something" and that he'll be voting for Romney even if it alienates his fans.
KISS frontman Gene Simmons says he regrets supporting Obama in 2008 and claims he'll vote for Mitt Romney this year. Sharing his disappointment with the economy, Simmons said, "America is a business and should be run by a businessman." He then urged Americans to "vote on the issues and not the party," insisting that Romney was the best man for the job. Speaking of rockers, Megadeath's Dave Mustaine is also a GOP member; when interviewed earlier this year, he said, " I'm just hoping that whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican."
"Arrested Development" star Scott Baio put his money where his mouth is, donating $12.5k to the Romney Victory Fund. He was joined by mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer (known for the "CSI" series, "The Amazing Race," "Pirates of the Caribbean," and many others) who pitched in another $25k. Other celebs making donations to Romney include New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and the legendary Chuck Norris.
According to his "Wedding Crashers" costar Owen Wilson, actor Vince Vaughn was once denied entrance to a political event because nobody believed he was a Republican. "Vince actually is a Republican and they didn't believe him," Wilson said. "They saw me and said, 'Come on in.' But to Vince, they said, 'We know you're not a Republican.'" In consolation, Vaughn landed a private tour of the White House where he met with President Bush.
At the Republican National Convention, actor Jon Voight said Americans should be "appalled" at the "destructive [media] bias against the Republican party." Claiming that the media has been "taken over" by the Obama administration, the "Midnight Cowboy" star voiced his support for Romney and predicted a Republican win. He said, "I think because of Gov. Romney's great talents, his great compassion, his great gifts of leadership, he's going to win this election."
According to The Huffington Post, quite a few other stars are actually registered Republicans. A few noteworthy names on Huff-Po's list include Kelsey Grammer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jessica Simpson, Jenna Jameson, and Hilary Duff.
Regardless of who you support this year, don't forget to vote!
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