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Warren Responds To Kid Rock's Potential Senate Run - Reminds Voters To Take It Seriously

Kid Rock’s suggestion that he might run for one of Michigan’s U.S. Senate seats is no joke, Sen. Elizabeth Warren warned her fellow Democrats this week.

The Boston Herald reported that the Massachusetts lawmaker wrote emails titled “Senator Kid Rock (R-MI).” The singer announced Wednesday on Twitter that his “Kid Rock for Senate” website is genuine. The site is part of a Warner Brothers Record URL that is marketing Rock’s campaign merchandise. According to Roll Call, some of the entertainer’s critics believe he is simply trying to promote his upcoming concert tour or his new restaurant in Michigan.

However, Warren cautioned Democrats that if they fail to take Rock’s political ambitions seriously, they could be making the same mistake as when they dismissed President Trump’s candidacy early in the 2016 presidential race. “I know a lot of people are thinking, ‘this is some sort of joke,’ right?” she wrote. “But we all thought Donald Trump was joking when he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower and announced his campaign, too. And sure, maybe this is just a marketing gimmick for a new album or tour — but we all thought Donald Trump was just promoting his reality TV show, too.”

Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, is looking into a possible 2018 race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow. According to The Washington Times, the singer insisted that his plan to enter politics is “not a hoax.” He pledged to submit documents to the Federal Elections Commission soon. Warren, whose six-year term also ends next year, is raising money for Stabenow as well as herself. On an ActBlue fundraising page, she wrote: “Rapper/singer/Trump supporter Kid Rock just hinted that he might run for the U.S. Senate against Debbie Stabenow in Michigan. Debbie fights for us, and we fight for Debbie. We can’t afford to lose her voice in the Senate – or give Mitch McConnell one more vote to rubber stamp Donald Trump’s reckless agenda. Please chip in now to support Debbie Stabenow’s 2018 re-election campaign.”

The Michigan Democrat, referring to her possible opponent, tweeted Wednesday: “I know we both share a love of music. I concede he’s better at playing guitar and I’ll keep doing what I do best, fighting for Michigan.”

Rep. Geoff Diehl, a Massachusetts Republican, accused Warren of concentrating on a 2020 presidential campaign rather than her legislative responsibilities. “She uses any and every issue, whether it’s a celebrity Republican or it’s Hillary Clinton, to try to scare her support base into giving her more money so that she can reach that main goal I believe of running for president … not of focusing on the concerns of her constituents in Massachusetts,” he told the Herald.

Ritchie, an outspoken Trump fan during last year’s race, vowed to be “a voice for taxpaying, hardworking Americans.” The president hosted the singer, along with rock star Ted Nugent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, at the White House in April.

Political pundits consider Warren, a leader of the Democrats’ progressive wing, a leading contender for the party’s presidential nomination three years from now.

Source: Roll Call, The Washington Times
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