Saturday 19 August 2017

Kid Rock hints at potential US Senate run in Michigan

The musician is teasing his potential 2018 US Senate candidacy (AP)
The musician is teasing his potential 2018 US Senate candidacy (AP)

Kid Rock has hinted that he may run for US Senate in Michigan.

The musician, who was born Robert Ritchie and lives in suburban Detroit, said on social media that a website teasing his Senate candidacy is real.

"I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real," he said on Facebook and Twitter. "The answer is an absolute YES. Stay tuned, I will have a major announcement in the near future."

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser said he had not heard from Kid Rock, who endorsed Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump in 2016 and Mitt Romney in 2012.

"It could be a publicity ploy. Don't know," Mr Weiser said in a text message.

The website shows the 46-year-old, and asks "Are You Scared?" It has slogans such as "In Rock We Trust," ''I'll Rock The Party" and "You've Never Met a Politician Quite Like Me". It links to campaign merchandise on a website for his record label, Warner Bros.

Third-term Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow is up for re-election in 2018 after easily winning in 2012 and 2006. Republican candidates include former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bob Young Jr and businesswoman Lena Epstein.

Democrats traditionally have fared well in statewide federal elections in Michigan. But Mr Trump's narrow victory over Hillary Clinton in the state - the first for a Republican presidential nominee in 28 years - has given Republicans some optimism about facing the popular Ms Stabenow.

Ms Epstein, herself a political newcomer, welcomed the singer to "the party" and said she hopes they can campaign together.

"The more attention we can bring to the need to defeat Debbie Stabenow, the better off we will be in November of 2018!" she said.

Ms Stabenow said she shares Kid Rock's love for music.

"I concede he is better at playing the guitar and I'll keep doing what I do best, which is fighting for Michigan," she said in a statement.

In April, Mr Trump hosted Kid Rock, musician Ted Nugent and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin at a White House dinner.

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