Kid Rock isn’t afraid to share his political opinions.
The “Bawitdaba” and “Born Free” singer, originally named Robert Ritchie, recently gave an interview to Rolling Stone, in which he shared his love of hunting and other tidbits about his political beliefs in advance of the release of his new album, “First Kiss.”
According to the magazine, Rock’s political beliefs were strengthened in part by his strong support of the military, discussing with the magazine his seven trips – including two Christmases – to the Middle East to entertain the troops.
An avid hunter, Rock owns a number of guns, including a .22 rifle, two custom .45 pistols with ivory handles, and a semiautomatic with a silencer:
“Guys with the president carry this,” he says. “You have to get these pre-1985 with a silencer. I bought it when Obummer came into office, because I’m thinking, ‘What if he f***in’ bans guns?’ ”
He’s also a collector of historic guns, too, as he told The Guardian in an interview last month:
“I’m always buying more guns. I have everything from a Civil War cannon to an MP5 machine gun and old police guns. If someone invades your house, yeah, you can shoot them. I don’t think crazy people should have guns.”
It’s no surprise, then, that Rock is among the more popular recording artists with Republican politicians, who are quick to use his 2010 anthem “Born Free” as their walkup song at rallies and fundraisers.
Among them is 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, whom the rocker considers to be “the most decent motherf***er I’ve ever met in my life.” Rock served as a surrogate and helped fundraise for the former Massachusetts governor during the race.Image Credit: Twitter
In fact, as he was being interviewed by Rolling Stone’s Patrick Doyle, Rock received a text from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who heard about a surprise appearance he made at a 30th birthday party for a superfan who suffers from Down syndrome:
“Sarah Palin just sent me a text,” he said. “She was like, ‘That was cool.’ I’m like, ‘If you were me, you would’ve done the same thing’.”
The “Cowboy” singer doesn’t agree with every Republican ideal, however.
He does consider himself to be socially moderate, particularly with same-sex marriage and abortion rights. Rock touches on his opinions in the song “Ain’t Enough Whisky,” which can be found on his new album:
“I am definitely a Republican on fiscal issues and the military, but I lean to the middle on social issues. I am no fan of abortion, but it’s not up to a man to tell a woman what to do. As an ordained minister I don’t look forward to marrying gay people, but I’m not opposed to it,” Rock told The Guardian last month.
It’s comments like these that have led some to consider Rock a libertarian and not a Republican. Either way, it has made him a rarity in Hollywood these days – an unabashedly, outspoken conservative superstar.