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. DumpTheGOP

    I never did like Kid Rock, now I know why.

    February 28, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Just Say No to Flipper

    This is not news. Kid Rock is a rightwing hack who supported GWB before. It's no surprise, and of little to no relevance, that he's endorsing GWB v 2,0. And having heard KR speak about politics, the man is an idiot who can barely string together two coherent thoughts. Let me know who Iggy endorses.

    February 28, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Kathyrn

    Can only imagine what Ann really thought of Kid Rock.

    February 28, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Joshua Ludd

    Wow. One fake supports another fake. Kid Schlock likes to say he's "not straight outta Compton... (he's) straight outta the trailer". In fact he is straight out of his parents' house in the suburbs where he lived for a good long time while working on his music. He is as fake and terrible as Romney.

    February 28, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Just Say No To Flipper

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

    He never had any street cred, other than hanging out with those who did. Kid Rock is really Rob Ritchie, whose family owned big car dealerships in SE Michigan. In other words, he's just another spoiled rich kid, along with Rmoney and GWB, who rock stupidly supported as well. His political opinion carries no more weight than the grocery bagger's opinion carries on medical issues.

    February 28, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Larry

    They are going to have to come up with new technology for telepromters that will signal to Willard on which notes he has to clap and tap to. Andrea Saul might want to ask Kid Rock if he wants to sing America the Beautiful, too.

    February 28, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Dr. Cole wrote:

    Come on people...let's have an honest discussion on what is wrong with America and how we can constructively make it better. This name calling, hate, class / social / theological war has to end if we are going to make this country great. How about if we put the hatred away and work towards solutions.
    I don't think the Republican politicians can hear you from here. Republican politicians are the worst name callers. Santorum just called Pres. Obama a "snob". Gingrich calls him every despicable label that he can think of. Ron Paul doesn't resort to the juvenile practice that I know of. Mitt Romney has stopped short of outright name calling, opting instead of the graphic description route, and then denying ever having said it.

    February 28, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Miranda

    Everyone is mad because Kid Rock "sold out" ridiculous. He has his own one is picking on your choice of candidate. Why is it wrong who he chooses....just plain silly...sounds like a Santorum group.

    February 28, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Dave

    It is going to be so extremely funny to see you Obama loving racists post here after he loses.

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

    It's pretty revealing and comical that the only musicians that openly support Republicans tend to be the ones that are the most "bottom of the barrel" artistically (Ted Nugent, Gene Simmons from KISS, Kid Rock, Toby Keith).

    February 28, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Jerry

    Go Mitt/Kid!!! Kick some Obama butt!!!

    February 28, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Taylor

    Romey will do anything for watch him, because he will destory the country. Rock who cares he just a RICH boy that wanted to be bad........... Who to say the Kid is with him maybe it's all about the MONIES...........Romey really do'nt want the President position he just wants the POWER.......just like the 1 % With out power for the rich is like without water for the people...........

    February 28, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. zip

    Two weeks ago, Kid Rock appeared at a local night club near me. Less than 75 people showed up. And most of them got free tickets. True story.

    February 28, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Bill in Florida

    Hey Dave, Guess you haven't noticed that it's the GOP that are the racists - I'm white and yet I voted for Obama - as did a majority of whites. Besides, with support from nobodies like Kid Rock, Romney has little chance at defeating Obama. Guess you haven't been watching the polls either.

    February 28, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Jess C

    Kid Rock? That's the best he could do? Pretty sad. I'd feel sorry for him if I didn't think he was such a flip-flopping professional politician who caves in to whatever small crowd shows up for him. The GOP is going to lose big time which is great news for the country.

    February 28, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Darthnormand

    I have had the unfortunate opportunity to be near Kid Rock on more than one occasion. It surprises me that Mitt, being a Mormon, would be "friends" with Mr. Kid Rock. I will make this short, but I have two examples. Once I was invited by Kid Rock's band member among other mutual friends after the filming of a video at a local Detroit venue. I was alarmed by the trail of people that flooded into the back rooms after Kid Rock walked in, to include strippers, what appeared to be family members (complete w children), followed by more strippers. Another time I was invited to his birthday party at a club in Detroit. The invite stated that some people may not like what will happen after 11pm and suggested to possibly make other arrangements after that time. I thought nothing of it until that night at 11pm rolled around, the drinks were no longer available, and a large team of strippers took the stage. I immediately understood what he meant, and had to leave. I am not that conservative (lowercase c) and can take a lot, but to me stripping is degrading to women. I understand that women make a lot of money doing this, and some are in it to get through school or pay off debt. I just think it is weird that Romney is in cahoots with someone who objectifies women.

    February 28, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. The Unsub

    Kid Rock! ? I still don't know why he is popular. I can't name one song that he sings.

    February 28, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Mel

    Well, I guess he could have had EMINEM? Who would have been better from Michigan??? Kid Rock was definitely a good choice and all of you saracastic whiners on here have nothing better to do than complain.

    February 28, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Fair is Fair

    Wow – lot of hateful comments. And yet if he came out with a check for $1 million to the Obama campaign, the trolls on here would be singing his praises and saying what a great humanitarian he is. Blind loyalty to politicians sure brings out the worst in people.

    February 28, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. native new yorker

    He could have all the rock stars in the world up there and it won't make a difference. Mr. Mom Jeans is trying to look cool now? Going for the "youth vote?" Give me a break.

    February 28, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. New Age Independent

    Fair is Fair

    Wow – lot of hateful comments. And yet if he came out with a check for $1 million to the Obama campaign, the trolls on here would be singing his praises and saying what a great humanitarian he is. Blind loyalty to politicians sure brings out the worst in people.


    Now there you go using simple logic. You know that doesn't fly here!

    February 28, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    Yes Fair, and you would be ripping on him as a threat to American morals and the safety of our nation for not endorsing one of your chosen ones.

    February 28, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. cali girl

    Should have been "Gonna be a cowboy baby"

    February 28, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. bill

    Kid Rock must be worried about his investments. Why else would he support someone so diametrically opposed to the values, lifestyle, and probably politics of his fan base? Well, what used to be his fan base...

    February 28, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. KId Rock . . .

    Got boring, useless, prefabricated, ripped-off, cookie cutter music?

    February 28, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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