'Are You Kidding Me?': Kid Rock Says No to US Senate Run - NBC Southern California

'Are You Kidding Me?': Kid Rock Says No to US Senate Run

The Detroit-area rocker had been teasing the public for months, introduced at one recent concert as Michigan's "next senator"

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    The musician announced he had created a nonprofit to promote voter registration when teasing a potential bid for U.S. Senate in 2018. He's now said he won't be running.

    Kid Rock says he's not running for U.S. Senate in Michigan.

    Kid Rock told SiriusXM host Howard Stern, "Are you kidding me?" during an expletive-laden interview Tuesday.

    The Detroit-area rocker has been teasing the public for months. At a Sept. 12 concert, Kid Rock was introduced as Michigan's "next senator" and talked about running for president.

    According to the Detroit Free Press, Kid Rock said his staff knew there wouldn't be a run for office. But with all the attention, and a new album in the works, he says he told them: "Let's roll with it for a while."

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    Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, was a target of protests during recent Detroit concerts because of his use of the Confederate flag.