The country singer – and well-known patriot – speaks out in support of the presidential hopeful

By Caris Davis
Updated August 20, 2008 07:00 AM
Credit: Evan Agostini/AP

Much of liberal-leaning Hollywood has traditionally backed Democrats in presidential races – while more conservative Nashville types are usually found supporting the candidate of the GOP.

But Toby Keith, whose patriotic anthem “The Angry American (Courtesy of the Red White and Blue)” poured gas on the bonfire of his feud with The Dixie Chicks, looks set to vote against type this fall for Democrat Barack Obama.

“There’s a big part of America that really believes that there is a war on terrorism, and that we need to finish up,” Keith told the Associated Press while promoting his new movie, Beer For My Horses.

“I thought it was beautiful the other day when Obama went to Afghanistan and got educated about Afghanistan and Iraq,” the country star continued. He came back and said some really nice things.”

Keith – a conservative Democrat who has previously expressed dissatisfaction with his party’s candidates – was an outspoken in his support for George W. Bush’s reelection bid. (He previously said Republic John McCain was also a “great option.”)

He concluded, “I think [the Senator from Illinois is] the best Democratic candidate we’ve had since Bill Clinton.”