Romney special guest: Kid Rock
February 27th, 2012
09:34 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney special guest: Kid Rock

Royal Oak, Michigan (CNN) – Who says Republicans only love honky tonk?

On the eve of Michigan's nail-biter of a primary, Mitt Romney supporters put their hands in the air Monday to welcome bad boy rocker Kid Rock – whose surprise appearance in Royal Oak was a closely held but widely expected campaign flourish.

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Rock, who maintains close ties to Michigan, his birth state, played "Born Free" for the audience at the Royal Oak Theater.

The song is Romney's official campaign tune and is played when the GOP candidate enters and leaves the stage at events.

Romney introduced Rock by calling him "a friend."

"I'm happy to introduce a son of Detroit, a friend, a guy who makes great music who introduces me by DVD everywhere I go - Kid Rock!" he said.

During the one-song concert, Romney stood with his wife, Ann, and tapped his foot, clapped his hands and nodded his head to the beat.

A campaign aide said before Rock agreed to perform, he requested a meeting with the candidate at the rocker's home in Milford on Thursday. The two men spoke for about an hour about Romney's commitment to Detroit, Michigan, and the troops.

During the meeting, Romney personally asked Rock if he would perform at his rally. Rock e-mailed the candidate the next day to agree to the idea.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Mitt Romney
soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. G

    Mitt Romney probably never heard of Kid Rock before Thursday.

    February 27, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. Keith A. Sillsbury

    only one thing to say...bought and paid for.

    February 27, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  3. Penobscot

    Freakin' love KId Rock!

    February 27, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  4. darkdays4us

    Hey Kid Rock, as they say, youze been used!!!!!

    February 27, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  5. mirrorlogic

    Kid Rock should have gone with Romney to Ford that he might have had someone there.

    February 27, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  6. Sirned

    Well that does it for me Kid Rock is a sell out .... Too bad

    February 27, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. NDblue

    Kid Rock...Mitts the wrong guy to meet with about Detroit. I guess I'll pass on any future Kid Rock concerts.

    February 27, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  8. kidrocksux

    You can have Kid Rock. One of the worst musicians ever.

    February 27, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  9. Billman

    Nice job Kid Rock! Whomever the GOP candidate is, the folks will rally big-time. Obama is one and done.

    February 27, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  10. Apathetic in Illinois

    really? and this matters to...who?

    February 27, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  11. Lonewolf777

    There goes whatever's left of Kid Rock's street cred...

    February 28, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  12. Investment Advisor

    Good for you Kid! I see more rockers jumpin on this bandwagon!

    February 28, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  13. Thomas

    Kid Rock , wasn't he the husband of Pamela Anderson ?

    Governor Kid Rock.

    February 28, 2012 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  14. Jimbo

    Wow! This endorsement should surely stem the tide of his failing campaign...!

    February 28, 2012 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  15. shanjen

    I was waiting with baited breath for Kid Rock's endorsement so I would know which candidate I should support. Thanks, Kid.

    February 28, 2012 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  16. Shelby

    Kid Rock ROCKS!

    And the same can be said for Mitt Romney! What a great president you will make.

    February 28, 2012 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  17. works4me

    I'm impressed.... now where did I put my Darth Vader costume?

    February 28, 2012 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  18. ray

    mitt romney and kid-rock. ironically that is perfect.

    February 28, 2012 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  19. dAVE

    There goes any respect I might have had for Kid Rock. Romney is the kind of guy you would hire to play the president in a B movie, not actually elect.

    February 28, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  20. Marie MD

    Too bad Kid Rock. Just when I was starting to like you. May you join the vast empty space of what's his face from Are You Ready For Some Football.

    February 28, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  21. Little Jimmy Truth

    Obama will bring his favorite and personal guest: Kanye West. Who remembered him as he was still anti-Bush.

    February 28, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  22. RenegadeFL

    Wow, if Kid Rock likes him he must be cool huh? Give me a break.

    February 28, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  23. Bev


    February 28, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  24. Vinny

    Don't like Kid Rock.

    February 28, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  25. Matthew

    Progressive Romney..I don't think so. I don't want my freedoms taken from me slowly. Give me a real conservative..Santorum!

    February 28, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
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