A Selection of the Weirdest Political Endorsements by Musicians

By Tom Hawking

The strange things that come out of musicians' mouths when they talk about politics

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"Everybody in the industry is like, 'Oh, Obama's doing such a great job ...' I don't think so. Not from what I see." So quoth music industry rebel and political iconoclast Dave Mustaine in an interview with MusicRadar.com last week, an interview wherein he also discusses his acting ambitions and whines about Fred Durst. The answer to America's problems, according to Mustaine, consists of two words: Rick Santorum.

Anyone who has followed Mustaine's career will know he's long had conservative inclinations, but he's not the only musician who has broken with the liberal norm to make an unlikely political endorsement. From Fidel Castro to Sarah Palin, pretty much every much ideological base has been covered over the years. Here is a selection of the strangest—some hilarious, some plain weird, and at least one hugely depressing.

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