August 26, 2012
First came the snub from former donors. Then liberal New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd turned on him. Even Singer Democrat Jackson Browne said his support for Obama is “Running on Empty.” Add to that, actor director, Clint Eastwood and comedian John Lovitz and, while it’s not wholesale defection, it is mounting.
Now, in a very public change, Kid Rock is done singing Barrack Obama’s praises. Instead of supporting Obama again, as he did in 2008, Kid Rock will instead perform at the Republican National Convention, Politico reported.
In addition to Kid Rock, who hails from Detroit, will be Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trace Adkins, Ronnie Dunn, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph, and Night Ranger and other rock and country musical acts who will perform at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, according to Politico.
Kid Rock backed Barack Obama in the 2008 election and this time has thrown his support behind fellow Michigan native Mitt Romney. Romney has been using Kid Rock’s “Born Free” as a campaign song and appeared with the singer in Michigan in February. Kid Rock endorsed Romney at the time and the convention appearance will cement his backing of the Republican nominee.
Dowd criticized the president in a recent column and donors are not giving anywhere near 2008 levels so far in the campaign. Like the 2008 donors, Browne said he remains “involved politically” but won’t raise money for Obama this time around.
Meanwhile, prior to the convention, Kid Rock has been busy campaigning with Republican Nominee for Vice President, Paul Ryan. On stage with Kid Rock at a campaign event on Friday, Ryan quipped, “So one of us is running for vice president, but only one of us listened to ‘Bawitdaba’ on the way over here in the motorcade with the Secret Service,” Ryan said.
“We take pride in people’s success, we don’t resent people for being successful in this country. Look at this creator right here – the fruit of his labor coming from his mind, his talents. He took his path to find his happiness, and he is realizing his dreams and he is paving his way. Only in America can you do this. That is what this country is all about.” Ryan said, referring to Kid Rock.