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Kid Rock Calls Fake Senate Run 'Hilarious' and 'One of the Dumber Things' He's Done
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13 Nov 2017 02:44 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Kid Rock (Image Source: Public Domain)

Earlier this year, there were rumbles that Kid Rock would run for the Senate in Michigan, and after several months of will-he-or-won't-he, he finally admitted it was all a farce.

He's still talking about it, calling it "hilarious" as well as "one of the dumber things" he's done.

Even before the Republicans had a bad showing in the election this week, the Conservatives were worried about 2018. Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow's term will be up next year. She's been in office since 2001and is also on the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee. But they knew they needed to have a serious contender on the ballot.

The rocker's name was brought into the conversation, and he went with it to the point of having "Kid Rock for US Senate" merchandise for sale. Yet throughout, he never confirmed or denied his candidacy until recently when he said it was all a ruse to promote his new album, "Sweet Southern Sugar."

He's now saying he's "not sure what the repercussions" will be for his fake bid for the Senate but doesn't seem too worried either.

"It might be one of the dumber things I've ever done, but it was a f---in' riot," he told Billboard, laughing. "Man, some of the sh-- that went on was unbelievable. It started to become real, which got a little scary. I mean I just don't understand who looks at Kid Rock and goes, 'Yeah, I see a senator there ...' But it was still a lot of fun in a lot of ways."

He states he was encouraged to launch the fake campaign when a Michigan lawmaker suggested that he run for one of the state's senate seats.

"The press started having their little laugh with it, like they always do," Rock explained. "This time I thought, 'Y'know, I'm gonna f--- with them a little bit.' We said, 'Alright, we're gonna run with this,' and of course I'm not running for Senate. We were leading everybody on.

"Man, we had a blast," he continued. "Every time we'd do something, just watching the press losing their sh-- over it was hilarious. There were times we couldn't stop laughing."

It got a little too close to his livelihood, though, when there were protests lodged outside one of his concerts.

"I mean, even people in my family or close to me were like, 'Are you serious?'" he says now.

"Even one of the people who was part of the whole thing, and there were only a few, about two and a half months into it called me and went, 'Dude, are you seriously gonna do this?' And I'm like, 'What the f--- are you talking about? You were in on it when we set this whole thing up! You were one of the designers of the plan!

"People just took it seriously, and the climate was ripe, no doubt, with what happened with Trump. I just saw an in and I said, 'I'm gonna f--- with motherf---ers.' But I wouldn't tell anyone to take offense; I've pretty much f---ed with motherf---ers from day one."

What Rock does feel bad about are those who were supporting him in his "campaign."

"There were calls and letters that came to me from all over that wanted to help me out, that really believed in me, that I could get there and make a change," he adds.

But where it all made him mad is that while he's an admitted conservative, he didn't like being portrayed as ultra-right and racist, with people going back several years to the Confederate flag he used to use onstage.

That said, he does admit to supporting Donald Trump.

"I do like a lot of things he's doing in office," he points out. "Do I agree with everything he says or his messaging? No. I don't think anybody does. But that's who he is. That's what got him there. But I'm definitely going to try to give him a chance, just like I did with Obama, to see what he can change here."

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