Local GOPs Join Kid Rock to Pump Up the Party at Ryan Rally

Republican candidates, and one rock star, turned out in full force at Oakland University Monday night.

It was a message stated over and over by every politician, kid and rock star that took the stage Monday night at Paul Ryan's campaign rally at Oakland University.

"This is the election of our lifetime."

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A who's who of Michigan Republicans spoke for an hour before the guest of honor, Paul Ryan, came on stage. Here are the highlights:

Kid Rock

The Romney-Ryan supporter entered the Athletics Center O'rena as his "Born Free" blasted over the crowd.

"You have to stand for something," the Clarkston rocker told the crowd of thousands in his speech introducing Ryan. "The No. 1 thing is for everyone to vote. So many great Americans gave the ultimate sacrifice for this right, so please, everyone, vote."

Kid Rock admitted it was difficult to put himself in a position that could alienate many of his fans but said he strongly believed "people can disagree on politics without hating one another." The crowd cheered in agreement.

Laying his hand over his heart, Kid Rock said he was proud to say America had elected its first black president, "I'm sorry he didn't do a better job," he continued, "But the facts are the facts."

After contemplating throwing a keg party for Thursday night's vice presidential debate, Kid Rock said our military is the strongest in the world and his politics end there. Then at 8:30, Kid Rock introduced "fellow hunter, fellow fan of rock-and-roll and fellow Midwesterner" Ryan.

With AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" blasting and thunder sticks banging, Ryan finally came to the stage saying, "Guess what? I got to meet Kid Rock. Pretty cool!"

Candice Miller

Congresswoman Candice Miller emceed the event, standing in for the still-recouperating Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. 

"We love our buddy Brooks," Miller said to start off the night. "There's not a better Republican in the world than Brooks. We all know that."

Miller called Romney and Ryan "absolutely America's comeback team." Speaking about last week's presidential debate Miller said that 70 million Americans got a sense of the two men and that President Obama was "absent on leadership."

She told the crowd, "This is the most important election in any of our lifetimes."

Mike Bishop

Former Senate majority leader Mike Bishop of Rochester Hills took the stage next with his young son, Ben. Bishop is running for Oakland County prosecutor.

Bishop handed the microphone to his son, Ben, who wanted to say a word for "his generation."

In speaking about the debt, Ben told the audience, "Our generation can't handle that, I mean, it's a lot of money."

His father agreed: "It isn't fair what we're doing to the next generation."

After asking the crowd for their support in his run for Oakland County prosecutor, Bishop ended with, "Two years ago we took back our state, now we need to take back our country."

Kerry Bentivolio

The 11th District Congressional candidate, Kerry Bentivolio continued the message of this being "the most important election of our lives. I know you hear that a lot— this time it's really true."

He also said a congressman's job was to protect your rights, not take them away.

Don Volaric

The 9th District Congressional candidate Don Volaric said that with three young children he "lives in the now and is ready to work."

With claims that "the house is on fire and the ship is going down" he implored the crowd, "hang in there, we're coming!"

Ronna Romney McDaniel

Ronna Romney McDaniel isn't running for anything, but her uncle is. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's niece took to the OU stage to tell the audience how much Michigan means to Mitt and his wife, Ann, as the place they were both born, the place they met and fell in love.

McDaniel said she hoped to give Ryan some "Michigan mojo" to take into his Thursday debate against Vice President Biden.

And she reminded the crowd that this is the election of our lifetimes.

Pete Hoekstra

U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra said, "Our number one priority is to keep America safe."

He also reminded the crowd, "When Mitt and Paul go to the White House, the road is through Michigan."

doug October 09, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Joyce: GM and Chrysler DID go bankrupt. The only difference between what Mitt said and What Obama did was how they used the bankruptcy system. Mitt suggested the use the bankruptcy process with the government acting as the lender, because no private sources existed.. Likewise, Obama used the geovernent as the lender, but altered the bankruptcy laws as we know them. He chose to payback his supporters (UAW 100% covered) at the expense of other creditors who normally would have been paid first. Bondholders, who inciude individuals (lots of retirees) were shortchanged. White collar pensioneers at Delphi lost up to 70% of their pensions, while Delphi bluecollar were protected 100%.. etc, etc... Saving the auto industry was right thing to do. All agree with that. Obama used it as a political tool which I have a real problem with. This si why Obama won't mention this auto bailout in a debate. He can say what he wants in an ad, but would get exposed by Romney in a debate.
Barbara Tonk October 09, 2012 at 06:13 PM
The important thing is to get Pres Obama OUT! The next is to get rid of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Read up on what this organization really is - http://www.whale.to/b/allen_b1.html - take responsibility by educating yourself, America, and be a Patriot.
Lianne Mathie October 09, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Honest Businessman????? Money in the Caymans, dodging taxes. Honest, not even close.
doug October 09, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Lianne: What flavor Kool Aid are you drinking? The Obama misinformation machine is working hard at your house. Are you really going to demonize Romney for using the LEGAL tax code? Do you really think Obama doen't use the LEGAL tax code where it benefits him? Should they just donate extra taxes to the governement? If you have a problem with the tax code, blame your congressman and senators who load it with every exemption and credit in the world for their special interests. That included Senator Obama.
Ray Smith October 09, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Some of you people's hatred for Obama is apparently affecting your judgment. So, your plan is to get rid of Obama so we can put someone else (Romney) in charge who has the same basic policies as Bush--the administration that crashed our economy in the first place? How stupid is that? Obama is turning things around. No, it isn't as fast as everyone would like, but creating 100,000+ jobs per month sure beats LOSING nearly 800,000/month as we were at the end of Bush's term. Plus, Obama helped save the auto industry and he killed the most wanted terrorist in the world--another task that Bush failed at. What does Romney propose? Here are a few: 1. a $5 trillion tax cut (mostly skewed to the wealthy) that will either raise taxes on the middle class or increase the deficit. Do the math. 2. Spending $2 trillion on weapons that the Pentagon neither wants or asked for. Is this a wise use of money? 3. Rolling back regulation on Wall Street--the very entity that helped crash our economy with their Las Vegas-style bets. 4. Rolling back EPA regulations so oil and coal companies can pollute the very air and water we breathe. When you vote for Romney, this is what you are getting. That is insane. Obama has my vote!
Lianne Mathie October 09, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Doug, first use your whole name and then I MIGHT take your comments seriously.It seems to be your drinking from the right wing blood bath. By the way, it might be legal, but it's not right.
Laura Vogel October 09, 2012 at 08:20 PM
FYI, declaring bankruptcy does not "punish" the bankrupt entity so much as it actually punishes the secured and unsecured creditors. Meaning, the tier-one and tier-two suppliers who had to accept pennies on the dollar for the unpaid invoices that GM and Chrysler owed for the products shipped to GM/Chrysler that GM/Chrysler never actually paid for. And, meaning, the retirees whose pensions and benefits were indeed cut. The collectively-bargained retirees were indeed "spared" while the former salaried employee retirees were left with pennies on the dollar like the tier-one and tier-two suppliers were. I find it curious how we perpetuate the popular misperception of bankruptcy being a 'punishment' for the bankrupt entity, when the real truth is that those who did business with the bankrupt entity are the ones being financially punished.
Laura Vogel October 09, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I agree with Doug that legally using the exemptions and deductions in the tax code is not an indication of being dishonest. We can surely debate, however, whether our tax code should have all of the exemptions and special deductions that it has. Being able to write-off home mortgage interest was written into the tax code as a way of promoting home ownership, for example, and charitable donations are likewise deductible as a way of encouraging charitable donations (or so the thinking goes). I doubt any of us here on this comment site consider ourselves to be dishonest simply because we write-off charitable donations, home mortgage interest, child care expenses, and a great many other "loopholes" that are designed especially for "the chosen few of us", deduction that in fact many of our own neighbors in our own town/neighborhood might not otherwise be able to take advantage of.
doug October 09, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Ray: How about a little economics lesson for those reading your boiler plate Obama talking points... 1. The Great recession was caused directly by the Housing Crash, which has its roots back as far the Clinton administration and Barney Frank right through Bush. Basically this was a bi-partisian debacle. I recommend a documentary movie called the "Inside Job". Liberal movie, so don't jump on it too quickly as propaganda. . 2. Our deficet this year is $1.2 trillion and expected to stay at that rate. Obama has added about $6 trillion in four years. Implementing the tax on the wealthy will raise $56 billion next year, assuming no impact on revenues resulting from these tax increases. That is 4.7% of the annual debt. 2. The USA needs to add about 150,000 jobs per month just to break even, due to population growth. The jobless rate dropped below 8% last monh because the total number of people in the job force dropped last month. People drop out due retirements, expired unemployment bendfits or simply give up looking. 3. GDP is the best measure of economic growth. A 1% increase in the growth rate will generate $700 billlion in revenue. The current debt rate is largely driven by a weak GDP, not the bush tax cuts. Historically the USA has averaged .3.3% since 1946. The current GDP is projected to be 1.3% and dropping from 2010 and 2011. That is where talk of a double dip recession come from. All of this is public information...
Mike October 10, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I agree with Lianne. I may write off my mortgage, but it's the only thing I can write off. Mitt wants to do away with that. Years ago, we used to write off our credit card interest. Not any more. Besides our mortgage write off...........what else is left. Perhaps most of you Republicans have more to write off. But for the average work-a-day citizen, that's all we have. Are you going to take that away from us? Those of us who are not registered as a business and can write off our phone bills and rooms in our houses and dinners with our families as a business expense?
Mike October 10, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Used to like Kid Rock! Went to his concerts. Bought his music. Not any more! Lost respect for him. He's too BIG business for me. Will take my Kid Rock CD's to the resale store. Not a smart move Kid. You're good, but not that good.
Mike October 10, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Doug......Our new deficit is a direct result of two wars and the financial collapse under the Bush administration. He even admitted it! He tried to pick up on his Daddy's war, his VP's company, and started yet another one. Thousands of young Americans died! Take your FOX news facts and compare them to the alternative.........they weren't worth those lives lost. Unless maybe, that doesn't bother you.....
Johnny Q. October 10, 2012 at 03:41 AM
The tax code allows taxpayers to contribute $5,000 a year to an IRA for their retirement. Mitt Romney's IRA is estimated to be worth somewhere between $20 million and $100 million. Romney's refused to how he accomplished that. Romney isn't taking advantage of loopholes, he's cheating the system. How do Romney supporters defend this behavior?
JustACitizen1 October 10, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Mike, Were you even at this event? I doubt it because if you were you would heard, KR tell the audience that: We all need to vote. He was proud we elected our first Black President, it’s just too bad he did such a bad job. We should all be able to have our political views, without hating each other. But most importantly Mike, you would have heard him tell YOU how we all need to support our troops, no matter what side of the aisle we sit on. Because good men and woman have given their lives for your right and mine to say what we want, vote etc. As for tanking your CD’s to the resale store well KR addressed that as well when he said he may alienate a few fans but we all need to do the right thing. However Mike I will give you this your comment about taking the CD’s to the resale store is spoken like a true liberal CAPITALIST, because you see Mike KR already has your money I.E. you already bought his CD’s, and you are willing to sell an asset (the CD’s Mike) in protest of a guy who you don’t agree with. So for you and KR Mike it’s a win, win and that sir is why I love America. Me I’m Just A Citizen
Mike October 10, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Your answer?....No! I found out he was supporting the republican party when he appeared at the Republican convention. Why would I go to a party's get together I don't belong to?
doug October 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Mike: I really don't care who you vote for, but to make your arguments look better, do your homework. The facts I outlined are all public information. The cost of the two wars is about $1.3 trillion to date. That is over a ten year period, so basically a rounding error to Obama. That's about than 10% of the annual debt. The real cost is the thousands of american's who lost their lives or were injured. Another discussion. The banking disaster was 10+ years in the making and has both republican and democrats behind it. Bush was actually a minor player. I don't' expect facts will make any difference to you, but i suspect it will to others....
James October 11, 2012 at 02:46 AM
He has a right to support Mitt but Mitt does not represent the 47%, Kid Rock is a mediocre singer who many from the 47% bought his music, so maybe that is why so many are upset with his choice. Buy those CD's there will be a flood it will be a bad investment just like voting for Mitt Romney.
Mike October 11, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Doug, Do yours! Obama didn't put us into those wars!!! He was left to clean up Bush's mess! Obama has barely 4 years in! What the heck are you talking about? And if the banking problem wasn't Bush's error, why aren't you blaming him for not catching it? Seriously, you need to reevaluate your standings! Blaming Obama for not fixing what the Bush administration did in 8 years time but Letting Bush off the hook for not catching it is hypocrisy.
R Gibson October 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Ok Johnny, put it out there. Paste a link on this forum from a credible source that shows incontrovertibly that Romney has 20 million in an IRA. Otherwise, this is just another Obama Social Media Hacker spreading lies about Romney.
R Gibson October 11, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Sorry Mike but Doug is right. The impetus for the housing crisis and the mortgage issues started under the Clinton administration and under Barney Frank. Furthermore, if you recall, the Bush administration sent several letters to FREDDIE and FANNIE expressing concerns. I am not saying Bush is innocent, but there is a lot of blame to lay around and certainly the Democrats have to take their fair share of it for incentivizing and, in some cases, down right arm twisting banks and mortgages lenders to provide loans to people who had no way of repaying them back. As for the wars, again there is lots of Democratic culpability there too. Clinton could have had Osama a couple of times and this whole thing would have been avoided. I think it was foolish to go into Iraq and Afghanistan, but as Doug correctly stats, those 2 wars are just over 1 trillion, what has BO done with the other 5 Trillion?
Keith Best October 11, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Think about this...What makes people think a First-Term senator who spent most of that First-Term running for another office, is qualified to oversee the world's largest economy? Not only that, he was a First-Term state senator who spent most of that First-Term running for another office. And you wonder why he was lost without TOTUS (teleprompter of the United States)
Johnny Q. October 11, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Stop posting the same comment on every article.
Plain Coffee October 11, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Why is "First-Term" capitalized? On another note, Obama was a U.S. senator, not a state senator when he ran for president.
Mike October 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Nope! Sorry R.G. Ain't buying into any of that. The financial system collapsed right after the 08 election and we were doing bad long before it happened. If you are so willing to go back more than a dozen years to blame an ex-president for all of today's problems, why can't you accept that the last Republican administration did nothing to turn it around? Based on that history, a new one won't either.
Lianne Mathie October 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Laura, I'm glad you are leading a charmed life. If I take any money out of my IRA to fix a broken pipe in my basement floor. I will be crucified by taxes.Will I get a 15% tax rate? ummm, my answer is no.
doug October 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Mike: Apparently you didn't read my note very carefully. Although I am not surprised the bipartisian didn't register. In my lifetime, I have never seen a more divisive leader than Obama. Ironic, considering he ran on being the great uniter. I blamed both parties for the housing crash. Ther democrats led the charge to put everyone in their own home, regardless if they could afford it or not. The republicans allowed wall street and the rating agencies to create and foster risky markets. Both failed. Obama has overachieved building up more debt in the last four years than Bush in eight. Our ecoonomy is stuck in a 1.3% GDP ditch that will not change if he is re-elected. His policies are slow growth. IF you like the current environment, then vote for our President and you will get four more years of the same.
Johnny Q. October 12, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Make that over $20 million. Now what do you have to say? http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-15/the-secret-behind-romney-s-magical-ira.html http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204468004577168972507188592.html
Johnny Q. October 12, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Republicans want to pretend that they have no responsibility for that $5 trillion. But if you look at the source of that deficit spending, 4 out of every 5 dollars is the result of decisions made by Republicans, not Obama. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/adding-to-the-deficit-bush-vs-obama/2012/01/31/gIQAQ0kFgQ_graphic.html
Mike October 12, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Nothing! I'm saying nothing because I don't buy into reading biased news feeds
Liberty Penguin October 24, 2012 at 10:15 AM
If the house is on fire, don't you want to get out of the house?


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