Romney special guest: Kid Rock
February 27th, 2012
09:34 PM ET
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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. Lucky18

    Kid rock finally sold out!!!

    February 28, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  2. Thomas

    I love "Schoolhouse Rock!"

    February 28, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  3. KeepItReal

    Born Free? Should be "Born Rich".

    February 28, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  4. BEn275

    Trying to be hip, but failing.

    February 28, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  5. runner305

    Wow! So, Romney's really connecting with the everyday people now? Who's kidding who?

    February 28, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  6. Anonymous

    last kid rock album i'll never buy

    February 28, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  7. M. Ross

    Never buy a Kid Rock song again!!!

    February 28, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  8. Jariv

    Go Mitt !!!

    February 28, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  9. cecil burrow

    Kid Rock – never heard of him.

    February 28, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I doubt if Kid Rock supports Willard. He's just there for a check. Today is DOOMSDAY Willard.

    February 28, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    That zany Kid Rock.

    February 28, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  12. Chris

    What a great night!

    February 28, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  13. Person who has ears

    Who told Kid Rock he could "sing?"

    They LIED.

    February 28, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  14. Brenda

    Sounds like a good time.

    February 28, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  15. Jesucrisco

    Like Romney, kid rock is all ambition and no substance.

    February 28, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  16. Stephen Harper

    Never took Kid Rock seriously as a musician. Even less so now.

    February 28, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  17. Beanne

    I have alot of respect for Kid Rock ever since he went to Iraq and spent time..not just a show..he spent time out there with the troops. My son, US Infantry...spent 15 months in Iraq and 12 months in the worse place you can be in Afghanistan chasing the Taliban out of their birthplace and getting shot at every single in mudd huts and mudd up to your thighs....For someone like Kid Rock to go and "Hang out" with these young men is a big moral booster.He is still very connected to the troops and I thank him for that.He is not one of these snotty arrogant "I'M better then you" hollywood wierdos like Diez, Bulock, Moore, Clooney and many many more I could name.

    February 28, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  18. GOP is lost

    I think having Kid Rock there was a great idea.
    He has great family values and that's what republicans say they are all about. I heard santorum is going to use Ozzie

    February 28, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  19. Mike S.

    Santorum should jump right on that, considering so many of KR songs refer to sxx and smoking weed.

    February 28, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  20. GI Joe.

    They perform for the highest bidder. It's business. He'll fire them now (he likes to do that).

    February 28, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  21. felix

    I'm sure that Kid Rock fans will come out in droves now to vote for Mitt. Umm, yeah.

    February 28, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  22. vatoloke

    Always considered him a punk. No biggie here.

    February 28, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  23. miamigrrrl

    Oh good, Romney has finally got the critical Fights in Trailer Parks vote locked down.

    February 28, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. Paganini

    Does Kid Rock believe that Detroit's auto industry should have been allowed to fail completely? Having trouble believing that. He might be the first artist to be so below average across 3 musical genres (rap, rock, country) and still make money, so good for him.

    February 28, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Does MItt Romney have one of those iTune things full of songs? If so, what songs is he listening to? Rock or Bach?

    February 28, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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