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Kid Rock Admits His U.S. Senate Run Was All for Publicity

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Last month, the internet was abuzz when Kid Rock started dropping hints about throwing his hat in the ring for a U.S. Senate seat. Now, the rocker admits that it was all a publicity stunt.

During an appearance on the Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM this morning (Oct. 24), the Detroit native directly addressed the rumors.

“F*ck no, I’m not running for Senate. Are you f*cking kidding me?” Rock told Stern. “Who couldn’t f*cking figure that out?”

So what was the point? Naturally, Kid Rock’s U.S. Senate bid in his home state of Michigan was created to boost interest in his new album. Sweet Southern Sugar, out Nov. 3, was recorded in Nashville and supposedly has some country influences.

In January, he’ll also kick off his Greatest Show on Earth Tour in the Music City. The trek will be surprisingly short for a headlining tour, and is only set for dates on Friday and Saturday nights. This was an intentional choice by Kid Rock, who says he’s not really interested in promoting his new project. Except for, you know, creating a fake senate run.

“I’m done with the music business,” he stated firmly. “I’m not going to put that much effort into it anymore, because I’m too rich.”

It seems like Kid can’t quite decide what he wants, because he wrapped the interview by falling back into his old habits.

“I’m gonna beat the (expletive) out of Debbie Stabenow,” he told Stern. “I’m gonna smack the living (expletive) out of all them (expletive) on the Hill.”

Stabenow is Michigan’s current Democratic senator, who is running against two other GOP candidates. Rock has been a vocal supporter of President Trump. With the launch of kidrockforsenate.com, many questioned if he was trying to follow in Donald Trump’s footsteps with a foray into politics. Instead, it seems like he’s just looking to ruffle some feathers.

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Kid Rock Admits His U.S. Senate Run Was All for Publicity