FILE - In this April 3, 2016 file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Swift jumped into a contentious midterm political race with a rare endorsement, but her focus on gender issues and human rights made her political statement a personal one. While she’s gotten criticized from Republicans and Trump, Swift stuck to the issues important to her in her decision to vote for Democratic candidates in Tennessee. She might gain some haters, but Swifties and others have applauded her for speaking out. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Taylor Swift makes politics personal with endorsement

October 09, 2018 - 12:42 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Taylor Swift's first big jump into politics might have gained her some extra haters, but many observers don't think her endorsement in a competitive midterm U.S. Senate race will result in a massive backlash against the country-singer-turned-pop-star.

President Trump and Republicans have criticized Swift following her surprise statement endorsing Tennessee Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen over Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn.

But she stuck to issues that were important to her, including women's rights, LGBTQ rights and human rights, and made her argument in a personal way, rather than party-based.

While some fans may prefer her to "shut up and sing," observers say she's unlikely to face any strong backlash that could hurt her career.

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