Howard Stern: Kid Rock Has A Good Chance Of Winning In Michigan Senate Race

Earlier this month, rock star Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, announced his bid for the US Senate seat in his home state of Michigan. The position is currently occupied by three-term Democrat Debbie Stabenow.

Kid Rock insists this is not a publicity stunt, noting his years of political activism in the Republican Party. Rock has been encouraged to run by emerging as the favorite in a new poll.

“I believe if you work your butt off and pay taxes, you should be able to easily understand and navigate the laws, tax codes, health care and anything else the government puts in place that affects us all,” said Rock.

Popular online political magazine “Politico” is urging their readers to take him seriously. Running the headline “Senator Kid Rock.”

So if you’re still not taking Kid Rock seriously, here’s why you should: His path to the U.S. Senate is far easier than Trump’s was to the White House.

“Presuming Kid Rock doesn’t get caught in bed with a little boy, or beat up a woman between now and August 2018, he’s going to win the nomination if he gets in,” says Dennis Lennox, a Republican political consultant in Michigan. “I think there’s no question about that. I think he’s the prohibitive favorite if he gets in.”

Howard Stern also likes Kid Rock’s chances.

“People laugh when they say Senator Kid Rock but he’d have a good chance of winning in Michigan. They have a very popular senator there that he’d be running against. She gets high marks. Kid Rock has been instrumental in so many charities. He actually is a pretty serious, high minded guy and a good guy,” said Stern.

It is not that uncommon for an entertainer to reach high office. Prior to winning the presidency in 1980, Ronald Reagan, a former Hollywood actor, became Governor of California in 1967 with no past political experience.

In 1998, actor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was elected as Governor of Minnesota. In 2003, former bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected as Governor of California.

In the Senate, former comedian and Saturday Night Live writer Al Franken has represented Minnesota since 2009, whom Howard Stern has supported throughout.

Kid Rock Interview with Howard Stern (Transcript)

Kid Rock stopped by the Howard Stern Show Wednesday and shared some lively stories about chatting with Mitt Romney and hosting a dinner party with Eminem.

Rock revealed that when Romney contacted him for his support during his presidential campaign, he demanded answers first. Romney’s team agreed, and the two sat down at the rocker’s house with a campaign aide, two Secret Service members and a preapproved list of questions.

Rock said he wanted to ensure that Romney was not “just a rich guy who wanted to become president to out-do [his] dad,” but someone of greater substance. “I know what it’s like to want to be better than your father,” Rock told Howard Stern. “Of course, I’m getting these ‘I really want to help America [answers]’ and I said, ‘Cut the s**t, this is my living room; this isn’t going to leave here.'” Rock’s main concern was his hometown, and once he had a commitment towards improving Detroit from Romney, he was all in.

Though he considers himself a conservative, Rock also said that he’s not into right-wing social politics. “I’m into less government,” he said, adding, “If gay people want to get married, I don’t give a fuck.” For Rock, disagreement in beliefs is fine, but failing to vote isn’t. “It’s OK to stand for something… I’ve got friends who didn’t vote. I want to smack them upside the head,” he said.

Kid Rock also hinted today on his Facebook page about an upcoming tour to support his forthcoming album Rebel Soul, out November 19th:

“6 am in NYC…Sitting across from my hotel by Central Park, wishing I was in a deer blind somewhere! But it is so peaceful here in the morning and I am looking forward to seeing my old friend Howard Stern in a few hours. Man am I lucky to have a job like I have!

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has supported and enjoyed the music for so many years. Y’all keep my spirits high. I miss my son and am looking forward to seeing him in a few days for thanksgiving. Hope everyone is doing the best they can and enjoying every second of life. Can’t wait to hit the road in a few months and celebrate with everyone. Until then- Rock On.” Kid Rock

Kid Rock in studio

The producer of a Kid Rock video called “Cucci Galore,” a song on Rock’s new “Rebel Soul” album, posted on Facebook today that it will debut 8 a.m. Wednesday on radio host Howard Stern’s website,

“I was fortunate enough to direct the new Kid Rock music video, “Cucci Galore,” which will be debuted by Howard and Rock tomorrow morning at 8am Eastern Time. If you listen to Sirius XM, check out the interview – the video will go live on Howard’s site at that time!

I designed the video to be a crazy, that takes us a little closer to the over-the-top Kid Rock videos that I continue to worship. Hope you enjoy it!”