WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – While addressing a crowd gathered to see Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speak, singer Kid Rock said he wished President Barack Obama had made more of his time as commander in chief.
“I really wish he would have [done a better job] – I do,” Rock was quoted as saying by CBS News during the event, which took place Oct. 8 at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.
He also said he was proud that the nation had elected its first black president, before introducing Ryan as a “fellow hunter, a fellow fan of rock and roll and a great Midwesterner.”
The Michigan-born singer admitted that, since he works in an industry which tends to “leans very left,” he knows he runs the risk of losing fans over his political affiliations and feelings.
“It is a little difficult to put myself in this position knowing it may alienate a few fans, but … I really believe strongly that it’s okay to disagree on politics and the direction of our country without hating one another,” he said, according to CBS News.
He has, all the same, been a vocal supporter of Ryan and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in their campaign for office.
The Tampa Bay Times said Rock also publicly endorsed the Republican ticket at an Aug. 29 show in Florida.
“They say Obama is lyin’, [sic] that’s why I’m voting for Romney and Ryan,” he was quoted as saying during an improvised rap.
And the feeling appears to be mutual – Rock’s “Born Free” is one of the songs frequently used by the Romney-Ryan ticket at fundraisers and other events as an anthem for the duo.