DETROIT, Mich. (AP)- Kid Rock continues to tease a Republican run for U.S. Senate in Michigan without making an announcement.
The musician opened Detroit's new Little Caesars Arena Tuesday night. His publicist had said he would give fans exclusive insight on his political views, but his speech at the beginning of the concert largely mirrored what he said at a Grand Rapids concert last week.
Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, was introduced as the "next senator" of Michigan. He criticized the government's "redistribution of wealth" to help "some deadbeat milking the system." He also said he supported gay marriage and blasted Nazis and the KKK.
A civil rights group protested the concert because of Kid Rock's past onstage display of the Confederate flag and criticism of black NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand during the national anthem. During his performance Kid Rock said, "I love black people. And I love white people too. But neither as much as I love red, white and blue people."