Country Music Star Adkins to Newsmax: I'm Backing Romney

Saturday, 14 Apr 2012 02:07 PM

By Andra Varin and John Bachman

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Trace Adkins may have hoped for another candidate, but he will back Mitt Romney “100 percent” now that Romney is all but certain to be the Republican presidential nominee.

“I want to be able to wholeheartedly support the nominee and so I have not publicly told anybody who my guy was. But it’s going to be Mitt Romney and I am going to support him 100 percent and hopefully we’ll get a Republican back in the White House,” the country music superstar told Newsmax.TV in an interview at the National Rifle Association’s convention in St. Louis.

Adkins, who says he’s a “huge supporter of the NRA,” said he felt it was important to elect a GOP president.

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“I don’t like the direction that Democrats want to take this country,” he said. “I’ve been a Republican since I registered to vote in 1980.”

Asked about the furor surrounding the shooting of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in Florida, Adkins told Newsmax.TV that the case must play out in the legal system. This week George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who says he shot Martin in self-defense, was charged with second-degree murder in the case that has sparked protests around the country.

“We don’t know all the facts,” Adkins said. “Let the legal system play itself out and we’ll see what happens.”

But the country star expressed disgust at those who he feels are trying to use the case to promote themselves or their own agenda.

“I hate it when those publicity whores use it to get on television, and you know who I’m talking about,” Adkins said. “They’re ambulance chasers. They look for tragedies like this so they can get in the public eye.”

Adkins, who has made several forays into acting, is now branching out into the business world. He just launched his own brand of sausage with Hightower Country Smoked Country, based near his own hometown of Springhill, La.

Adkins said he hoped the venture would be a boon to the area where he grew up.

“The art of the deal, making money doesn’t interest me,” he told Newsmax.TV. “I owe a lot to that town, that community. I’m the man that I am because of that upbringing, that rural, country upbringing. I owe what I am to my hometown, those people.”

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