Friday, July 15, 2016

Martina McBride Says She is Not Appearing at the Republican Convention and Hasn't Decided on a Candidate

by VVN Music

For a number of years, the right in the United States has claimed the music of Martina McBride for their own.

McBride, one of country's greatest female performers, once appeared at a Sean Hannity Freedom Concert in support of the troops during the Iraq war. Hannity, a right wing pundit, quickly started using her song Independence Day as part of his daily theme music, making it an anthem for patriotism.

Unfortunately, like the use of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. in a similar manner, Hannity didn't really know what the song was about. For over two years he continued to play the track, about a woman gaining independence from her abusive husband, as a declaration of U.S. greatness.

The right has once again tried to draft McBride into their cause at next week's Republican convention in Cleveland. Martina is headed to Cleveland on Wednesday to appear at the Creative Coalition's benefit gala, which helps public funding of the arts and music in the schools, but has no plans to appear at the convention.

That didn't stop news outlets from listing her as one of the celebrities making an appearance.

McBride told Billboard "I don’t have a particular political bent. I’m one of those people who takes everything into consideration and I go with the person who is going to do the best job. Right now, I just don’t know. I wish we could hit the reset button and start over!"

She went on to say that she did not believe in voting for Hillary Clinton just because she is a woman and that it is a much bigger decision than that. "It is a frightening time. It’s a turbulent time. Our nation is hurting."

McBride is not the only one who has had to make a correction on next week's convention. Former NFL player Tim Tebow has also said he is not going to speak even though the New York Times said he was on a roster for the event that they had received.

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