Kid Rock hints online he will run for US Senate

DETROIT, July 12 (Reuters) - Recording star Kid Rock, an outspoken supporter of Republican President Donald Trump, hinted in website and social media messages on Wednesday that he intends to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018.

The 46-year-old Michigan native drew attention on Twitter and his Facebook page to a "Kid Rock '18 for U.S. Senate" website, featuring a photo of the goateed singer-songwriter seated in a star-spangled chair in dark glasses and white fedora, above the tagline: "Are you scared?"

The site also displays images of a T-shirt, baseball cap and bumper sticker with emblazoned with the campaign logo, "Kid Rock for US Senate" and a box of alternating slogans, including, "In Rock We Trust," "Party to the People" and "You Never Met a Politician Quite Like Me."

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Kid Rock inducts rock band Cheap Trick at the 31st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 25: Singer/Songwriter Kid Rock visits at SiriusXM Studios on February 25, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0216 -- Pictured: Musical guest Kid Rock performs on February 23, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 05: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Kid Rock performs live onstage during the 2014 Louder Than Life Festival at Champions Park on October 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joey Foley/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0168 -- Pictured: Musical guest Kid Rock performs on November 21, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 05: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Kid Rock performs live onstage during the 2014 Louder Than Life Festival at Champions Park on October 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joey Foley/WireImage)
CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 20: Kid Rock performs on last night of 8 sold out shows during the $20 Best Night Ever Tour at DTE Energy Center on August 20, 2013 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 14: Kid Rock performs during the $20 Best Night Ever Tour at DTE Energy Music Theater on August 14, 2013 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
Kid Rock performs during Live Nation?s National Concert Day in New York May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Recording artist Kid Rock performs prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Recording Artist Kid Rock poses with The Harley J. Earl Trophy before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Recording Artist Kid Rock performs prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Recording artist Kid Rock presents an award during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 18: Recording artist Kid Rock appears during Tiger Jam 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 18: Recording artist Kid Rock performs during Tiger Jam 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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"I have a tone of emails and texts asking me if this website is real ... The answer is an absolute YES," he said on his verified Twitter account. "Stay tuned, I will have a major announcement in the near future."

Reached by email, the musician's spokesman, Kirt Webster, referred only to Rock's Facebook page, which bore the same message. His music label, Warner Bros Records, also posted a website offering sales of Kid Rock for U.S. Senate merchandise.

Born Robert James Richie in the Detroit suburb of Romeo, Michigan, he rose to fame in 1998 as his debut album "Devil Without a Cause" sold some 14 million copies, and he gained additional celebrity through his courtship of actress Pamela Anderson and their brief marriage in the 2000s.

While no mention was made in Wednesday's online postings about Rock's political affiliation or even in what state he would run for office, he presumably would seek to challenge Michigan's Democratic incumbent senator, Debbie Stabenow, who is up for re-election in 2018.

The Capitol Hill-based newspaper Roll Call reported earlier this month that Rock's name surfaced as a possible candidate at a Michigan Republican Party convention, though no official decisions were announced.

According to Roll Call, Rock endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president in 2012 and initially supported Ben Carson for the Republican nomination in the 2016 but switched to Trump when the former reality-TV star became the party's nominee.

Afterward, Rock released a line of pro-Trump merchandise, including a T-shirt that read "God Guns & Trump."

In April, Kid Rock joined fellow rocker and conservative activist Ted Nugent and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for a White House visit and dinner with Trump.

(Additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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