In a recent interview, country superstar Dolly Parton was pressed by the New York Times for her opinion on a female presidential nominee, and in typical, upbeat Parton fashion she said, "Hillary might make as good a president as anybody ever has."

Parton added, "I personally think a woman would do a great job. I think Hillary's very qualified. So if she gets it, I'll certainly be behind her."

The Sevier County native, whose fan-base comes from the extreme left as well as the extreme right and all points in between, generally has avoided expressing controversial or political opinions over her long career and, as usual, deflected the conversation with a joke, saying, "I think no matter if it's Hillary or Donald Trump, we're gonna be plagued with PMS either way — presidential mood swings!"

Although Parton said she would "be behind" a President Hillary Clinton, her words were a bit more cautious than a conventional, straight-up endorsement of Clinton, and Parton also didn't specifically disavow Trump in her reply to the Times.

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