In response to Michigan-born musician Kid Rock’s flirtation with a U.S. Senate run, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, was quick to compliment the rocker’s guitar skills.
“I know we both share a love of music,” Stabenow said in a statement following Kid Rock’s Twitter proclamation that a “major announcement” on a potential Senate run was coming soon. “I concede he is better at playing the guitar and I’ll keep doing what I do best, which is fighting for Michigan.”
A “Kid Rock for Senate” website has appeared online, and the “All Summer Long” singer, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, wrote on Twitter that the site is real.
I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real… https://t.co/RRVgISDFeq The answer is an absolute YES. pic.twitter.com/uYCUg6mjW1
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) July 12, 2017
Stabenow is up for reelection in 2018, and two Republicans have formally announced their intentions to enter the party’s primary — Lena Epstein, former co-chair for President Donald Trump’s Michigan campaign, and former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bob Young.
During the 2016 presidential election, Kid Rock endorsed Donald Trump and released a line of pro-Trump merchandise featuring a “God, Guns & Trump” shirt, and red trucker hat that reads “Make America Bad Ass Again.”
“I’m digging Trump. I feel like a lot of people, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, feel like if you get Hillary or Bernie, or you get Rubio or Cruz or whoever, there’s going to be the same s***,” he told Rolling Stone. “Has that much f-ing changed when anyone’s in office, whether it’s been a Republican or a Democrat in office, in our lifetime, anyway?”
The musician’s name was first floated as a possibility for U.S. Senate in February by conservative Livingston County activist Wes Nakagiri, who told the Detroit Free Press Kid Rock “would generate as much excitement as Trump did.”
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