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Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines proves she has no love for a certain presidential candidate Associated Press
** FILE ** The Dixie Chicks are shown during an appearance at Sony Studios in New York on May 18, 2006. Despite a cool reception from country radio, the trio's new album, "Taking the Long Way," debuted at No. 1 Wednesday, May 31, 2006, on Billboard magazine's pop and country charts. From left are Emily Robison, Natalie Maines and Martie Maguire. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper, File)

Natalie Maines from Dixie Chicks just can’t help herself – there’s something about politics that draws her in like a moth to a flame.

Granted she’s not the first musician to voice her political views. Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp have all been known to be quite outspoken when it comes to politics. Heck, it almost seems that politics are part of their art. Yet, most musicians stay out of the fray because being vocal will rarely gain you new fans, but it will surely ostracize thousands.

That doesn’t seem to scare Natalie.

The last time she offered up her thoughts on the president, she drove a stake right through the heart of the Dixie Chicks’ career. Time has passed and many fans have either forgiven her or completely forgotten about it, which makes now seem like the right time for them to mount a reunion/comeback tour.

But thanks to Twitter, Natalie can now say anything she has on her mind.

As the race for the presidency ramps up, Natalie hasn’t declared which candidate has her support. Yet, one of her recent tweets makes no bones about the fact that she is not a fan of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

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Whether this latest slam will stoke the anti-Dixie Chick fires remains to be seen, but between Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, the always entertaining Sarah Palin, and now Natalie, there will be no shortage of interesting thoughts and opinions these next few months.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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