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Election over, Kid Rock says it's time to move forward

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His candidate may have lost, but Kid Rock was not bemoaning the results of this year's presidential election the next day.

"I think it's OK to disagree and to move forward now that we've elected our president (and) give him a shot," said the Clarkston-based artist, who supported Michigan native and Republican candidate Mitt Romney and made several appearances on his behalf, include one at the Royal Oak Music Theatre earlier this year and at a rally on Election Day eve in New Hampshire.

"If you don't agree in four years, we'll be able to do this process again," added Rock, who released a video with actor Sean Penn called "Americans" that championed tolerance between sides of the political spectrum. "So many people have died to protect that, I think it's important to be involved in some way."

The Romney endorsement marked Rock's deepest entry into the political forum, though he mostly let his presence and his music do the talking. "I always said I'd never sit there and preach politics, and I don't believe I did," noted Rock, who also performed at one of President Barack Obama's inauguration parties in 2008. "I might've slipped a few times here and there when someone caught me off guard, but it's never my intention to go out and preach politics to people. I always say during these rallies that I'll leave that to the pros.

"My main thing in being there is to pick a side, because I believe you have to stand for something. I was there to entertain people, show my support and then skedaddle. I'm not going to...sit there and tell you what's wrong wtih the country and this, that and the other. I can do that through songs. I can do that with my friends and family."

Nevertheless, Rock did say that he was happy he endorsed Romney and was active in the campaign.

"It was a great experience," he said. "I learned a lot about just that whole...show being the political window. It was pretty interesting overall, and we had some fun doing it.

Rock is revving up for the Nov. 19 release of his new album, "Rebel Soul." He and his Twisted Brown Trucker band have started rehearsing for a 2013 tour that will begin in February, with performances scheduled for Dec. 30-31 at Hard Rock live in Hollywood, Fla. The group will also make a number of promotional appearances around the album's release, including CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," "CBS This Morning," ABC's "Good Morning America," Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show and a Nov. 18 NASCAR race in Miami.

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