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. mm

    Not sure if this means Kid is endorsing this moron or not, but the fact that he would even affiliate with him is enough for me. I thought Kid stood for all that was America. Guess I was wrong.
    Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi stand for all that is America. Thanks for playing Kid, but you lose!

    February 28, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    @ Tom Paine –

    You know, sometimes you make a valid point. But when your comment looks like it came directly from the P.W. Herman School of advanced "I know you are but what am I" studies, this isn't one of them.

    February 28, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Not sure how this is a surprise considering Romney asked for permission to use KR's song a few months ago.

    February 28, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. indyreader

    Srsly? Is this reality or a "Family Guy" gag?

    February 28, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    V in Chicago - Kid Rock just lost all credibility in my opinion. As a former Michigander, I am really disappointed in his choice and I will never buy another CD of his again. May even destroy those I do have.
    Are you serious? What "credibility" does somebody like Kid Rock have? He's just a performer! And something like this throws you into a tandrum of CD destruction and denigration of a person? Libtards really need to GROW UP.

    February 28, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. indyreader

    "Truth and Nothing But the Truth" – 'cos reactionary conservatives would NEVER throw a tantrum and boycott an artist for making a political statement *coffcoff*DixieChicks*coffcoff*

    February 28, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Larry L

    It would be hilarious to watch Mitt Romney dance! He'd do the white guy "groove" where you drag your hands across your eyes with V-shaped fingers. That's always a hit at the country club – Muffy & Biff have a whole routine based on cool moves like that one!

    February 28, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. V in Chicago

    @Truth and (Non) Nothing But the Truth – the word is "tantrum" and you couldn't be more wrong. You seem to be the answer to the GOP's dreams – not very educated and seriously missing the point!

    February 28, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Kervin Waitz

    Interesting dialog. The end game for this will be that no matter who the Republicans put, a coherent comparison of platforms will not be permitted due to the various interest groups. The media and celebs will bash the Republicans and shower the Prez with praise. The Wall Street types will back the Republican candidate and the result will be 4 more years of paralysis. Good luck to all.

    February 28, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Robert

    The train carrying what was left of Kid Rock's credibility just left the station.

    February 28, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. John

    I actually shock that Kid Rock would appear at Mitt R event. I hope he was paid really well.

    February 28, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. indyreader

    Is Kid Rock a NASCAR team owner?

    February 28, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Baylor Alum

    You gotta be kidding me! Was money exchanged? And is that Ariz Gov. Jan Brewer behind the drums?

    February 28, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    I'm going to interpret this as Romney's unqualified endorsement of Kid Rock's immortal 1993 album "The Polyfuze Method".

    Especially Track #10.

    February 28, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. mdodge1974

    I'm going to interpret this as Romney's unqualified endorsement of Kid Rock's immortal 1993 album "The Polyfuze Method".

    Especially Track #10.

    February 28, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Pam from Iowa

    BIG BIG turn off!!!!!!
    (Kid who????)

    February 28, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Eileen Hamilton

    Wow, Mitt Romney has been endorsed by Kid Rock and Donal Trump

    February 28, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Scott

    What Rock Star?

    February 28, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Henry

    Looks like Mittens is going after the White Trash vote...

    February 28, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Spencer

    Romney's not as square or robotic as the media portrays him. The media does everything it can to find personality flaws, and then they exploit it by 10x's.

    February 28, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. Nate

    If team Romney tries digging up some old Lawrence Welk music then Romney might be able to relate better to those tunes.

    It's really as sad as when Michelle and Marcus frantically danced on that stage-not everybody can dance to those old time polka steps with rock n' roll music playing like the Bachmanns did.

    February 28, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Democrats/leftists, claim to be a party of diversity and tolerance, when in actuality they are a party of single minded, hate driven intolerance. They can't debate and win on the merits, they just want to shut down free speech and the exercise of ones rights. They want to bring their Soviet Union style of success to the rest of the planet. I guess that just didn't work out because the leftist commies just didn't try hard enough to control everything in the country?!

    February 28, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Former Republican, now an Independent

    A gig is a gig. My bet is, the Kid will secretly vote for Obama.

    February 28, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Luke Brown

    Great. Now there is something even more unappealing about Kid Rock than his music.

    February 28, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Kate

    So did Willard put on his black leather Fonzi jacket when he went drag racing on Woodward Avenue? Were he and Ann knocking them dead doing the cha-cha while everybody else was doing the twist? Is Kid Rock Willard's answer to Mick and B B King over at the White House? It's not about your money Willard, it's about how pathetically phony you are.

    February 28, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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