James Taylor Live: Left, Right Unite: `May Have to Go Over Cliff’

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Singer James Taylor performs on the final day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

Updated at 3:20 pm EST

Singer-songwriter James Taylor, a self-described “yellow dog Democrat,” took a victory lap at the National Press Club today.

Taylor campaigned for President Barack Obama’s re-election, including performing at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, where he grew up.

Despite his Democratic leanings, he says effective governments needed the participation of both major political parties.

“We really need a strong Republican Party and a strong dialog between left and right,” Taylor said at a club luncheon.

He called for Election Day becoming a national holiday and criticized Republican-championed voter-ID laws.

“It’s a solution without a problem,” he said.

He disagreed with calls to raise the eligibility age for Medicare in exchange for tax increases and avoid the fiscal cliff. Cutting Medicae spending by making fewer people eligible for the program is a “terrible idea,” he said. “We may have to go over the cliff.”

Taylor says he has no personal interest in running for office.

`With my personal history, that would be a massacre,” he said. “It would be fun to cover though.”

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