December 2nd, 2012
10:32 PM ET
10 years ago

Kid Rock: Obama and I have 'no hard feelings'

Washington (CNN) – Musician Kid Rock, who was a celebrity surrogate for Mitt Romney, said President Barack Obama wasted no time in jokingly acknowledging their campaign rivalry Sunday.

"It was nice. I saw the president tonight. He said, 'I'm still here.' I said, 'No hard feelings,' " Rock said, laughing.

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Earlier Sunday, Rock attended a White House reception with Obama and this year's Kennedy Center Honors award recipients.

Speaking to CNN on the red carpet after the reception and before the ceremony in Washington, Rock said it was hard to see his candidate lose the election but added "it felt great" to have his music played on the campaign trail for Romney.

"It's tough to stand up for something you believe in. Believe me, especially in my business. I alienated a lot of fans and people," Rock said.

"But I believe if you don't stand for something, you don't stand for nothing," he added.

The rocker's popular song "Born Free" became a staple for Romney and Paul Ryan on the campaign trail. The song typically blared at rallies as the candidates exited the stage and greeted fans.

Rock first turned out for Romney in February, where he showed up as a surprise guest at a campaign event in Michigan, Rock's home state.

Now that it's all over, Rock said the election came to a disappointing end but stressed that it was time to move on.

"You cross your fingers, you try to move forward, you hope for the best," he said. "You respect the office of the president of the United States, and the great thing is in four years, we get to choose again."

- CNN's Rachel Streitfeld and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

Filed under: Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. jw

    Well said kid rock.

    December 2, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. Kid Rock

    "But I believe if you don't stand for something, you don't stand for nothing"

    December 2, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Kennedy Center Honors award recipients.

    Meat Loaf , Kid Rock .Ted Nugget .


    December 3, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  4. Discernment


    Rock is fortunate because the person he campaigned against (President Obama) is not vindictive as the person Rock campaigned for (Mitt Romney).

    December 3, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  5. Marla

    Well, at least he said "You respect the office of the president of the United States". That's a lot more than the politicians in the GOP are doing.

    December 3, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  6. Yonni

    This guy must take himself seriously; he is equating himself from the president of US of America. Buddy this might pop up your ego but unlike The Peresident you will not be a factor in American history.

    December 3, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  7. Jamie Deveaux

    Kid Rock trying to be relevant like Ted Nugent. Two hillbilly losers.

    December 3, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  8. Nate Higgaz

    Jeeg-a-boooz! Jeeg-a-boooz! We not down with you!!!!!!

    December 3, 2012 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  9. tedd

    "But I believe if you don't stand for something, you don't stand for nothing," he added.

    Is it just me or is something seriously not right with the second part of that phrase?

    December 3, 2012 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  10. Rock Chalk Jayhawk

    Will never buy anything that this guy is peddling. He has had as many transformations as Mittster.

    December 3, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  11. ghost

    No hard feeling. You have right to vote for whom ever you choose. Mrs(President) Clinton 2016

    December 3, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  12. NameJW

    Well that's Kid Rock choice,if he did pick a loser,but atleast he voted.

    December 3, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    We are entertained by these guys–but not influenced by them. Election proved.

    December 3, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  14. A Kickin` Donkey

    Kid Rock is deluding himself if he thinks Obama has given him and his "endorsement" of Romney a second thought. Similarly, KimK`s embrace of Mitt only revealed her mental & ethical shallowness.

    How does a purported "working man`s entertainer, from Michigan of all places, get behind Mr. "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt"? Not logical, is it? What exactly did Kid Rock believe in regarding Romney? The5 Trillion $ taxcut for the wealthy?

    December 3, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Half of the country feels the same. We stood up against the dictator, but the hand out mentality of America, would have none of that. The socialists are in charge.

    December 3, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    But I believe if you don't stand for something, you don't stand for nothing," he added.
    God bless (help) the American educational system and those double negatives.
    I can see why Romney was your man, he didn't support education either.

    December 3, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |