The nearer we get to the 2012 presidential election, the more we learn about the political preferences of our friends and neighbors. Celebrities, however, tend to voice their opinions the loudest, mostly because they have the clout, resources and forums to do so.
It also seems that a slew of more conservative stars have been speaking their minds about this year's election — and that's not something you'd necessarily expect from the entertainment industry. Several famous actors, actresses and musicians are speaking out in favor of former Governor Mitt Romney, and many of these Hollywood heavyweights aren't afraid to explain why.
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Scott Baio, probably best known for his roles on "Charles in Charge" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," is a registered Republican who once campaigned for Ronald Reagan. In an interview from FoxNews.com, Baio describes Hollywood as being more conservative than it appears. "The people who believe what I believe are much quieter about it," he said.
Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight gave an interview to The Daily Caller while attending the Republican National Convention, stating, "I think because of Gov. Romney’s great talents, his great compassion, his great gifts of leadership, he’s going to win this election.”
Seen here performing at a Colorado campaign rally for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, musician Kid Rock has officially put his support behind the Republican ticket. "I’m sorry he didn’t do a better job, I really wish he would have — I do," said Rock of President Obama during a separate rally in Michigan, "but the facts are the facts."
"Clueless" star Stacey Dash recently voiced her support for Romney on Twitter. She received a lot of backlash on the social networking site, but responded with a tweet reading, "My humble opinion … EVERYONE is entitled to one."
In 2011, businessman Donald Trump announced he was running for president but withdrew from the race soon after. He now publicly supports Romney, even going so far as to accuse the current commander-in-chief of lying about his credentials. Trump recently offered to donate $5 million to the charity of Obama's choice on the condition that he release his college and passport records.
Actor and martial artist Chuck Norris supported Mike Huckabee in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries over Mitt Romney, saying, "How can [Romney] knock [Huckabee] when [Romney's] made so many mistakes? I mean flip-flopping, all the flip-flopping he's done." He's since changed his mind, and in an interview on Fox News Channel, he said it's because "we do need an experienced man in the White House to lead us in the proper direction we need to go."
During an appearance at a San Francisco gentleman's club in August, retired adult film actress Jenna Jameson told the local CBS affiliate that she's "looking forward to a Republican being back in office. When you're rich, you want a Republican in office."
Actor and musician Meat Loaf recently performed at a rally for Romney in Ohio. The "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" singer even had the honor of introducing the Republican presidential nominee to the crowd, saying, “I have never been in any political agenda in my life, but I think that in 2012, this is the most important election in the history of the United States.”
"Cat Scratch Fever" rocker Ted Nugent apparently has Romney fever these days. Earlier this year at a National Rifle Association meeting in St. Louis, he rallied support for Mitt and said of the upcoming election, "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November."
In a recent interview, Kelsey Grammer ("Cheers," "Frasier," "Boss") said that "Romney would make a terrific president. I think he’d be very good at it." The Emmy-winning actor then explained why he believes that to be true, stating, "He’s a clear thinker. He’s a kind man, and he makes a lot of sense."
You might be a Republican if … your name is Jeff Foxworthy. The "You-Might-Be-a-Redneck-If" comedian sent out a tweet in March reading, "Time for Republicans to unite behind Governor Romney, a great leader who can win the White House and rebuild our economy for all Americans." Foxworthy also joined Romney's campaign trail for events in Alabama and Mississippi.
Veteran actor Robert Duvall supported McCain and Palin back in 2008, and he continues to support the Republican ticket in 2012. The 81-year-old star of "Apocalypse Now" and "The Godfather" held a fund-raising dinner for Romney at his Virginia home, and tickets reportedly cost between $2,500 and $25,000.