U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney shouldn't consider Kid Rock an official endorser yet, even though the Clarkston-based musician approved the use of his song "Born Free" as Romney's official campaign theme.
After Romney began using the title track from Kid Rock's 2010 album this week, Rock posted a note on his web site noting that Romney "and anyone else who wants to use my song do not need my permission. I said he could use it and I would say the same for any other candidate.
"I have to have a little faith that every candidate feels like he or she can help this country. Without faith, we got nothing. I make music to have it be heard. Merry Christmas folks! Rock on."
Rock also added humorous postscript saying that, "Any candidate who makes 'So Hott' their theme song has a good chance of getting my vote." The salacious song was the first single from Rock's triple-platinum 2007 album "Rock N Roll Jesus."
Other artists such as Jackson Browne, David Byrne and the Eagles' Don Henley have protested and even sued candidates who use their songs without permission.
Romney, the son of former Michigan Gov. George Romney, does share some state roots with Kid Rock, and the candidate clearly hopes that any sort of tie-in to the popular rocker will help him in Michigan, which is expected to be a swing state in the 2012 election. He's not the first candidate to use "Born Free" on the campaign trail, either; Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty played the song at his rallies before dropping out of the race earlier this year.
Rock, meanwhile, supported former U.S. President George W. Bush but he was not behind 2008 Republican nominee John McCain and has made supportive remarks about President Barack Obama.
Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band are in the midst of a club tour that's raising money for local charities in the cities he plays. The tour wraps on Friday, Dec. 9, in Indio, Calif., and Rock then plans to start work in earnest on "Born Free's" follow-up.