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Conservative rockers Kid Rock and Ted Nugent appear poised to enter the political arena, and it looks like their motivation lies with President Donald Trump.
Kid Rock's name was first tossed out as a possibility for a 2018 Senate run at a Michigan Republican Party convention last weekend. In 2013, Kid Rock told Rolling Stone about his political views, saying, “I'd probably be more Libertarian, but I'm a firm believer you have to pick a side. I can't be playing the middle.”
Kid Rock was one of few celebrities who were unafraid to publicly throw their support behind Trump during the election. He lauded Trump for his potential to shift the dynamic in Washington and try something new, because of a belief that the existing system was broken, saying:
I'm digging Trump. I feel like a lot of people, whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, feel like if you get Hillary or Bernie, or you get Rubio or Cruz or whoever, there's going to be the same sh*t."
As a non-traditional candidate with no previous legislative experience, Kid Rock would certainly bring that same change to the Senate.
But nearly as soon as reports surfaced of Kid Rock potentially making a Senate run, an equally unorthodox primary challenger stepped forward: Ted Nugent.
The unapologetically pro-Trump rocker entered the fray on Tuesday when he posted an article about the Kid Rock rumors on Facebook, and teased a potential run in a way that only Ted Nugent can:
Speaking with The Daily Caller about the inspiration for his potential Senate run, Nugent cited problems he sees with the current plight of his home state, saying:
“My beloved birth state of Michigan still has godawful rules, laws and regulations that are more akin to Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Massachusetts than the real Michigan so I remain poised to do what I can.
Nugent also proposed a familiar campaign slogan: “Make Michigan, Michigan Again.”
The Senate seat in question hasn't been held by a Republican candidate since 1988, which was coincidentally also the last time a Republican presidential candidate won Michigan. With the state going red this past November for President Trump, perhaps some Michigan GOP strategists are eyeing Nugent or Kid Rock as candidates with the same raw and unfiltered popular appeal as Trump.
Although neither Kid Rock nor Ted Nugent have made any official announcements regarding potential Senate runs, the mere fact that they might run will certainly have all eyes on the 2018 contest in Michigan.