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Kid Rock walks back Senate campaign, plans to register voters

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After all the anticipation and excitement about the potential Senate run of Robert Ritchie (better known as “Kid Rock”), it appears the rock/rap/country singer is pumping the brakes for the time-being to do some house cleaning.

On his website, Kid Rock released a statement on Wednesday under the title “When my name was thrown out there for US Senate…” In it, he said that while he’s overwhelmed by the support he’s “received from community leaders, D.C. pundits, and blue-collar folks that are just simply tired of the extreme left and right bullshit.” However, he needs to take care of one thing before his campaign could move forward.

“The one thing I’ve seen over and over is that although people are unhappy with the government, too few are even registered to vote or do anything about it,” Ritchie said in a statement. “We have over a year left until an actual election, so my first order of business is to get people engaged and registered to vote while continuing to put out my ideas on ways to help working class people in Michigan and America all while still calling out these jackass lawyers who call themselves politicians.”

He continued to say he’ll set up a non-profit to help register voters. “During this time while exploring my candidacy for US Senate, I am creating a 501(c)(4) – a non-profit organization for the promotion of voter registration. Not only can I raise money for this critical cause, but I can help get people registered to vote at my shows.”

Rock then blasted the media for suggesting that his Senate run was a publicity stunt to sell merchandise, saying, “I can tell you, I have no problem selling Kid Rock shirts and yes, I absolutely will use this media circus to sell/promote whatever I damn well please (many other politicians are doing the same thing, they just feed you a bunch of bullshit about it). But either way, money raised at this time through the sale of merchandise associated with this very possible campaign will go towards our ‘register to vote’ efforts.”

Ritchie, who would be running as a Republican to challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D), is seen by many as a “Michigan First” candidate and an outsider of the same ilk as President Donald Trump. According to a poll released earlier this week by Delphi Analytica, Rock is currently ahead of Stabenow by four points (30 to 26 percent) in a head-to-head matchup.

Rock said that he plans on making his final decision in a press conference six weeks from now, saying, “The democrats are ‘shattin’ in their pantaloons’ right now…and rightfully so! …and if I decide to throw my hat in the ring for US Senate, believe me… it’s game on mthrfkers.”

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