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Kid Rock Gets Wild And Free For Romney Event

08:01 AM Tuesday 2/28/12 | |

For his Michigan finale, Mitt Romney wanted Kid Rock.

The GOP presidential candidate, after all, begins and ends almost every event with Kid Rock’s song “Born Free.”

So Romney’s people reached out to Kid Rock’s people. The answer came back: The rocker-rapper, famous for songs like “Bawitdaba” and “Cowboy,” would consider playing “Born Free” at Romney’s last campaign rally before Tuesday’s primary. But only if he could talk to Romney first.

  • The Guv & The Kid

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with Kid Rock in Royal Oak, Mich.
    February 27, 2012

    (AP Photo)

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The former Massachusetts governor landed in Michigan on Thursday, climbed into a black Suburban with two aides, and drove to Kid Rock’s house in Clarkston, Mich., just northwest of Detroit.

“I asked him whether he might come here tonight,” Romney explained Monday to the crowd gathered at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.

Romney got a grilling from the rocker for more than an hour, campaign aides said. Would he help the state of Michigan? Romney said he would. Would he help the city of Detroit? Kid Rock himself had just committed to help raise a $1 million for the struggling city’s symphony. Romney said yes. And the singer born with the name Bob Ritchie pressed Romney about how he would support U.S. service members as president.

Romney left without an answer about the performance. The next day, he received an email: Kid Rock was in.

Monday night, after introductions from Michigan’s lieutenant governor, attorney general and governor and from Romney’s wife, Ann, the obviously buoyant candidate played warm-up act.

He gave his standard campaign speech and then announced: “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!”

Kid Rock performed the song – “wild, like an untamed stallion ... I was born free” – as the meticulously dressed Romney watched.

Then, Kid Rock immediately left the stage.

Additional numbers may have been problematic. Many of his hits are peppered with obscenities and references to drugs, alcohol and sex. Kid Rock himself has a bad-boy image, though he often mixes it with patriotism.

Romney, who’s been emphasizing family values of late as he works to compete with socially conservative rival Rick Santorum, said later that he didn’t worry about Kid Rock’s mores.

“I think that he makes some pretty good music and I like listening to his music,” Romney told Detroit radio station WXYT when he was asked if Kid Rock portrays values that people should emulate.

“And when I listen to the people who provide music I don’t actually try to assess their personal family values,” he said. “I listen to their music.”


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