Tennessee Senate Candidate Phil Bredesen Thanks Taylor Swift For Her Massive Endorsement


In an Instagram post Sunday, Swift endorsed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, who is running against Republican nominee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in a closely watched race.

Bredesen is thankful for Swift's support, writing in a tweet over the weekend, "Thank you for the kind words, [Taylor Swift]".

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.

Kamari Guthrie, the director of communications for vote.org, told Buzzfeed News that during the 24-hour period after the singer posted her statement on Instagram, there were 65,000 registrations on the site.

Taylor Swift's decision to break her longstanding silence on politics and urge people to back Democrats in the upcoming U.S. mid-term elections has led to a massive spike in registrations, according to a voter advocacy group.

The star said that while she had been "reluctant" to voice her political opinions in the past, "due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now".

"She weighs every word carefully, but she has to because few artists receive more scrutiny than she does, " said Beverly Keel, chair of the department of recording industry at Middle Tennessee State University.

New voter registration has surged in the wake of pop superstar Taylor Swift's rare political statement on Sunday.

In a number of states, the deadline to register to vote is today, October 9th.

In her Instagram post, Swift cited Republican politicians' disregard for human rights and her fear of racism as the reason for her intervention, writing: "I can not vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin colour, gender or who they love".

Swift's enormous reach - she has 112 million Instagram followers and 84 million Twitter followers - underscores the way celebrities can leverage their online presence by sending messages instantaneously to millions of fans.

Swift said the Republican candidate for Senate, Marsha Blackburn, had a voting record in Congress that "appalls and terrifies me". She went on to reveal, "I can not vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love".

There was an even more pronounced spike in Swift's home state of Tennessee. The site's average amount of daily users is 14,078.

In contrast to Swift, West has controversially backed Mr Trump, posting photos of himself wearing Make American Great Again hats and praising the President's "dragon energy". "And let's say that I like her music 25 per cent less now, okay?" Candidates seeking to take maximum advantage of what is a quantifiable increase of interest among young voters in the final weeks of the campaign would be wise to follow Swift's framework.

The president was asked for his reaction to the snub and told reporters at the White House he was "sure Taylor Swift doesn't know anything" about Blackburn.