Kid Rock promises to keep mum on his Presidential pick

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This year’s election cycle sometimes feels like a game of celebrity Whack-a-Mole, what with all the famous faces popping up in voting ads, wearing candidate-specific merch, or proclaiming their views on late-night talk shows. But there’s one name you won’t be hearing from: Kid Rock. The 37-year-old musician, who has performed at Republican events in the past and is currently appearing in ads for the National Guard, has sold some 25 million albums and recently went to no. 1 with his latest, Rock N Roll Jesus. But he tells EW that he won’t be using his fame to steer fans any which way at the polls. “Celebrities are always putting themselves behind politics, and people assume I’m a Republican, which is funny, because I’ve never said that I was,” he says. “My views generally lean towards less government, yes, but I’m not going to sit here and talk about it publicly, because I’m not that educated in political science. And I feel like to do so, I need to be. Because I might be able to influence people who listen to what I say, and who am I to tell them?”

He will, however, be making what he says is his “fourth or fifth trip” to Iraq this Christmas to entertain the U.S. troops still engaged overseas. “You don’t have to agree with what’s going on there to support them,” he says. “I’ve tried to get more [entertainers] to come over with me, and they bail with lame excuses. Just do it, man.”

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  • matthew

    Class Act. not many of them around

  • Coco’s mom

    Wow. I have a new found respect for this man.

  • Rusty

    Who cares?

  • Hector

    This guy is an As s Hat.

  • Mike

    I like Kid Rock, and like him more for being practically the only celebrity on earth to NOT run around crying about who they’re voting for. It’s nobody’s damn business. I guess it’s just part of our culture but I can’t stand when famous people mouth off and preach about who they like. OBVIOUSLY they’re allowed to pick whoever, and have views just like evryone else, but stop running around using the influence you have to get people on your side. It’s ridiculous.

  • Ceballos

    I love his position (or actually his willingness to not jam his position down our throat).
    Still, he issued a statement to let us know he’s not saying anything? Hmm.

  • ann

    Wow – there is actually one performer who knows his job is to shut up and sing. What a concept. Go Kid Rock!

  • Lucas

    just to clarify something, a lot of those celebs doing the PSAs etc are NOT trying to cram their views down anyone’s throat. they aren’t talking about the candiates, issues etc. they are on the air talking about voting. period. about the need to vote, about the right to vote and the responsibility to use that right, about the notion that one voice can make a difference and about the notion that if you don’t speak up you could end up stuck with a president etc that you don’t like.
    and that is all they are talking about. and to them I say keep it up. young adults often do listen and watch the celebs out there so maybe they will pay attention to the message and go to the polls.

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