Selena Gomez, Carrie Underwood

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Selena Gomez doesn't exactly agree with Carrie Underwood that celebrities should shut their traps when it comes to politics.

"A lot of people do look up to certain celebrities and will follow in their footsteps," Gomez told me earlier today, adding, "I think you just  have to be aware of what you're saying."

Underwood refuses to say who she's backing for prez. "I lose all respect for celebrities when they back a candidate," she explains in the new issue of TV Guide.

Gomez countered, "I'm glad that people are getting involved with the election. This election has been the biggest with celebrities."

Although Gomez can't vote yet because she's only 16, she's thrown herself into this year's election season, encouraging young people to educate themselves on the issues. Most recently, she helped launch UR Votes Count, a nationwide program that asked teens to cast their votes at polling stations set up in 150 malls in 42 states.

So, who are teens going for these days?

Barack Obama won by a whopping 62 percent of the votes, while John McCain pulled in only 33 percent followed by 2 and 3 percent going to Bob Barr and Ralph Nader, respectively.

Gomez admits she still doesn’t know who she would support for president if she was allowed to cast a ballot today. "I'm not really sure who I would pick to run our country," she said. "It's kind of nice not to be able to vote, because I may not be as ready to as I will be in the future."

That future also includes movies. Gomez recently started her own production company, July Moon Productions, to develop feature-film projects. "I'll have my own control of my career and what my movie decisions will be," she said. "I want to make sure I choose roles that will challenge me as an actress."

She already has a list of who'd she like to work with—that is if she can keep her awe in check. "Rachel McAdams, Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger and Shia LaBeouf are all the people I would faint if I met them," Gomez said.

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