ROCHESTER, Mich. — Musician Kid Rock stumped for Paul Ryan in Michigan on Monday, saying he was proud the nation elected President Barack Obama, but expressed regret he didn’t do a good job.
“I’m proud to say that we elected our first black president, alright,” the artist, Bob Ritchie, told a crowd of thousands before Ryan took the stage. “I’m sorry he didn’t do a better job. I really wish that he would, but the facts are the facts, and we just saw them come to light in the last debate.”
Ritchie acknowledged that he might “alienate a few fans” with the Romney-Ryan endorsement, adding, “I’m here tonight because I think that you have to stand for something.”
But he said he’d stay away from “preaching” politics, “like some of my friends in Hollywood.” Instead, he highlighted his work for wounded veterans and returning soliders.
But Ritchie did say he was pumped for this week’s debate between Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden.
“I’m so excited I think I might throw a keg party for the Ryan-Biden debate,” he said.
Ritchie lent his song “Born Free” to the Romney campaign as their theme song last year, and officially endorsed Romney during the Republican primary.