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Entertainment Kid Rock apologizes for 2017 Senate campaign stunt while stumping for real candidate

21:10  13 june  2018
21:10  13 june  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Crisis averted: Kid Rock is not running for Senate . Despite hyping up a potential candidacy for several months now, the southern rocker told Instead, the faux political campaign that included a an official website, merch, and in-concert stump speech was merely a promotional stunt for his new album.

Chief among them: Robert Ritchie, a.k.a. Kid Rock , whose name has been floated as a candidate for Michigan’s 2018 senate battle. — Kid Rock (@ KidRock ) July 12, 2017 . While Richie has expressed an interest in politics, it’s entirely possible, and likely probable, he’s not actually running for office.

a person standing posing for the camera: Singer Kid Rock, seen here at the Kentucky Derby in May, has apologized for leading supporters on with his publicity-stunt campaign for a Michigan Senate seat last year. © Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Churchill Downs Singer Kid Rock, seen here at the Kentucky Derby in May, has apologized for leading supporters on with his publicity-stunt campaign for a Michigan Senate seat last year.

Kid Rock apologized for a publicity stunt last year in which he hinted he was running for the Senate while stumping for Republican Senate hopeful John James at a rally Tuesday night in Michigan.

The singer, a Detroit-area native whose real name is Robert Ritchie, said it was initially "fun and games" until people started to believe he was serious. He said he didn't factor in letting down his supporters. 

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Plans to Run for U. He didn't directly address a Senate candidacy , but Kid Rock got political Wednesday at Van Andel Arena, including Kid Rock posted a statement to his website Thursday in which he insisted that his Senate run for Michigan was not a publicity stunt , but a real campaign .

Kid Rock claims he is running for United States Senate . While I am skeptical—. He has been rumored, semi-jokingly, as a candidate for the Senate race in 2018 in his home state of Michigan. — Kid Rock (@ KidRock ) July 12, 2017 .

"You know, I was hearing from the White House weekly," he said. "There were governors and senators that endorsed me. There were people that wrote me letters from all over ... So to those people, I apologize." 

Last year, Kid Rock launched a Kid Rock For Senate website and sold campaign-themed merchandise.

 (via TODAY)

People wondered for months whether he was really serious until he announced in late October on The Howard Stern Show that it was all in jest. 

"I'm not running for Senate. Are you kidding me?" he said on the show. "Who couldn't figure that out? I'm releasing a new album. I'm going on tour too. Are you (kidding) me?"

James is hoping to challenge Democrat Debbie Stabenow in the general election this November but first, he must survive the primaries on Aug. 7.

Rock said that James would be the best person for the job because he would take care of the Great Lakes, fix potholes and bridges, and invest in education and Michigan's security.  

He also said: "I hope you’ll accept that apology, and I hope you’ll also trust me when I say I’m 100% here to endorse and do everything I can to make sure John James gets into the U.S. Senate." 

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