Aaron Tippin Responds to Ted Cruz’s Use of His Music During Iowa Caucus

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During the televised 2016 Iowa Caucus on Monday night (Feb. 1), country fans may have heard something familiar: Aaron Tippin‘s hit “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly.” The tune began playing when Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz took the stage after his big victory, and while Tippin was fine with Cruz using his song, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the country singer is going to be casting a vote for him.

“Man, I’m so proud that my song still resonates so loudly in America,” Tippin says in a press release. “I’m not endorsing anyone, but I hope that my song will help get folks out there and do their patriotic duty … vote!”

“Where the Stars and the Strips and the Eagle Fly,” written by Kenny Beard, Casey Beathard and Tippin, reached No. 2 on the country charts and earned a Top 20 spot on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 (No. 20), following its release just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The song’s familiar lyrics are extremely patriotic: “It’s a big old land with countless dreams / Happiness ain’t out of reach / Hard work pays off the way it should / Yeah, I’ve seen enough to know that we’ve got it good / Where the stars and stripes and the eagle fly.”

Tippin may be cool with Cruz using his music at campaign events, but it’s safe to say that the presidential hopeful won’t be using any Dixie Chicks songs anytime soon. The trio’s Natalie Maines recently spoke out against Cruz by riffing on her famous words from 2003 about then-President George W. Bush.

“Just so you know … I’m ashamed Ted Cruz is from America,” Maines tweeted. Because Cruz was born in Canada and moved to Texas as a youngster, Maines later added, “I stand corrected … Just so you know, I’m ashamed Ted Cruz claims to be American.”

Other country stars weighing in on this year’s presidential campaigns include Kid Rock and Loretta Lynn (who are in favor of Donald Trump) and Merle Haggard (who is against Trump).

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