Mitt Romney using Kid Rock's 'Born Free' as campaign song

Dec 8 2011 - 10:57am

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney's organization confirmed Wednesday that it's using Kid Rock's "Born Free" as a campaign song, a natural since both Romney and Rock are originally from the Detroit area.

Romney spokesman Ryan Williams confirmed that the campaign plans to use the 2010 song, the video for which was filmed at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Rock posted a statement on his Web site:

"He and anyone else who wants to use my song do not need my permission. I said he could use it and I would say the same for any other candidate. I have to have a little faith that every candidate feels like he or she can help this country. Without faith, we got nothing. I make music to have it be heard. Merry Christmas folks! Rock on."

Rock also added this: "PS: Any candidate who makes 'So Hott' their theme song has a good chance of getting my vote."

The Romney campaign didn't give out any details as to why it picked "Born Free." Though, as campaign songs go, it's usually not too hard to figure it out. The title probably explains it all.

The Romney campaign said it has talked to representatives for Rock, a.k.a. Robert Ritchie of Romeo, Mich., though it didn't say how those conversations went. The campaign also didn't speculate on whether Kid Rock's hard-partying reputation might be a problem for the candidate.

Nick Stern, a press representative for Kid Rock, told the Detroit Free Press that he had no comment on Romney's song selection or whether Rock approved of it. Appearing on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" earlier this year, Rock -- who is generally considered conservative politically -- addressed the question of whether he was a traditional Republican.

He told Morgan he leaned right, but that, "We don't want a bunch of Bible-thumpers running the country. And we don't want a bunch of pot-smoking hippies running it. There's a middle ground there that I think most of us around the world are."

"Now I would sway, belief-wise, more Republican and less government and creating opportunity," he continued. "If you had to strictly say one of those, then yes I would sway a little bit more that way. Then I would sway left on other issues."

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