Kid Rock has his eye on Ben Carson for 2016

Kid Rock

We’ve just started the second month of 2015 and music legend Kid Rock already has his eye on the 2016 GOP presidential primary.

“I’m very interested in the things that Ben Carson has to say,” he told Jeff Himmelman in a New York Times Magazine interview published Friday.

Carson is a retired pediatric neurosurgeon who first gained fame in the medical field as the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head. He later became a conservative grassroots favorite when he tore apart each of President Barack Obama’s pet principles, from socialized medicine to political correctness, while the president sat 10 feet away.

The Michigan-based rocker not only has a penchant for Republicans, but is also loyal to fellow Michiganders.

Carson was born and raised in Rock’s home town of Detroit. And he supported Mitt Romney in 2012 who also has Michigan roots. His father, George Romney, served as the state’s governor from 1963 to 1969.

Rock also sees good things coming from Michigan’s current governor, Rick Snyder.

“I’d love to see him go for the gold, because he’s a nerd, and he’s an accountant,” he told the Times.

It’s probably that latter quality — accountant — that Rock believes is “bringing Detroit out of bankruptcy.”

“Fiscally, I’m Republican,” Rock said. “But the social issues kill me — gay marriage and abortion. It’s like, Come on, man, get off it. There’s so many big problems we got that we really need to address in this country.”

When the interviewer first broached the idea of actually endorsing a 2016 candidate, Rock exhibited a touch of self-deprecation not normally associated with industrial-strength rock musicians:

“When I see other people do it, when I see Springsteen and Jay-Z do it, I’m like, What a bunch of idiots. And then I’m looking in the mirror like, You’re an idiot, too. Pot, meet kettle,” he said.

During Romney’s 2012 run, the governor used Rock’s “Born Free” as something of a theme song for the campaign.

Just for giggles, The Daily Caller’s Vince Coglianese put together this parody video to suggest what a Carson campaign might look like should he decide to use Rock’s “American Badass” in a similar manner.

The song was blasted by the crew of the U.S.S. Cole as the ship was towed out of the harbor following the 2000 attack in Yemen, the Times said, noting Rock’s strong ties to the U.S. military troops.


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