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The Republican National Convention’s Get Your 6 event will be graced by the Wyclef Jean. The former Fugees front man has been billed as the performer for the event to be held in Tampa, Fla., next week. Jean was brought in as a replacement for country music singers Willie Nelson and the recently arrested Randy Travis. The aforementioned stars both turned down the request to show up but as it turns out Jean’s was available to pick up the slack.

The performance choice is interesting because Jean has been a vocal supporter of President Obama, but perhaps his appearance is not partisan-based, at least on his end. “For Republicans, nothing screams diversity like a woman and black man –– an immigrant at that –– as the headliners of a major, televised event (the performance is cosponsored by Lifetime network),” noted Policy Mic writer, Camira Powell.

Jean has not publicly thrown his support behind either Obama or his opponent Mitt Romney in the forthcoming election, but has his own history in the political sector. He ran for president of Haiti after the catastrophic earthquake that ravaged his home country, but lost the bid.

This year’s RNC event takes place Aug. 29, and will be hosted by Meghan and Cindy McCain, wife and daughter of former presidential candidate John McCain.


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