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John Rich and Clay Aiken missed each other on Celebrity Apprentice, with the country singer taking the title one season and the former American Idol finalist finishing second a year later.

And that’s too bad because we can only imagine what fireworks may have exploded if these artists had actually done battle on national television.

While watching last night’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Aiken Tweeted: “Playing drinking game with my brother now. We drink every time we see a black person on screen at the RNC convention #soberasamormon.”

Clay Aiken Red Carpet Image
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The slam didn’t sit well with Rich, who quickly responded by calling out the singer on Twitter: “You should be ashamed for racist comments like THAT!WOW… Clay, you’re better than that…I hope.”

 
Rich then referred to Aiken’s charity – the National Inclusion Project, which helps kids with disabilities enjoy the same recreational opportunities as everyone else – and added:

“@clayaiken hashtags soberasamormon? I thought your charity was for inclusion, not EXCLUSION. What happened?… I’ve just had enough of this racist nonsense. It’s sick. PLS STOP.”

Aiken’s reply took Rich and the Republicans to task: “My charity is. Why isn’t your party? 😉 @johnrich.”

As far as Twitter feuds go, this one actually comes across as somewhat respectable at least. No curse words, mostly decent grammar, even a smiley face emoticon.

Still, both men do raise real issues. Watch Ann Romney’s RNC speech from last night now and decide: Which side are you on?