Musician Kid Rock on Tuesday ended speculation he will launch a Senate campaign by taunting people who took the notion seriously.
“F--- no, I’m not running for Senate,” he said on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show, according to The Detroit Free Press.
“Are you kidding me?” he asked. “Who couldn’t figure that out? I’m releasing a new album. I’m going on tour too. Are you f------ s------- me?”
Rock added that the possibility he would seek a Senate seat representing Michigan has become a mixed blessing.
“It’s the worst advice I ever gave myself, but it’s also the most creative thing I’ve ever done,” he said.
“And I’ve gotten to see everyone’s true colors,” added Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie.
Stern said that Rock – who last released an album in 2015 – will debut his new record, "Sweet Southern Sugar," on November 3.
Rock repeatedly teased starting a 2018 Senate campaign against Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) earlier this year.
The musician shared a poll showing him ahead of Stabenow on Twitter last July, and he also unveiled a “campaign site” that sent visitors to his Warner Bros. Records merchandise page.
Rock also tweeted out criticism of Stabenow the same month, insisting that Americans are “sick and tired” of “bulls—t” from politicians.
“I concede she is better at playing politics than I am so I’ll keep doing what I do best, which is being a voice for tax paying, hardworking AMERICANS and letting politicians like her know that We the People are sick and tired of their bulls—t!” he said.
Rock’s remarks fueled speculation he could run as a Republican against Stabenow, who has served in the Senate since her election to the chamber in 2000.