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Paul Ryan And Kid Rock Stir Up Crowd At Oakland University

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Paul Ryan (C) rallies the crowd at Oakland University. (WWJ/Beth Fisher)

Paul Ryan (C) rallies the crowd at Oakland University. (WWJ/Beth Fisher)

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ROCHESTER (WWJ) - A political rally on the campus of Oakland University Monday night featured Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan. But he wasn’t the only rock star on stage — because Kid Rock showed up to voice support.

“The president told a television interviewer the other day on Uni-Vision that he can’t change Washington from the inside … isn’t that why we elect presidents in the first place? If he can’t change Washington, then we need to change presidents, we need to elect Mitt Romney the next president of the United States,” said Ryan.

The crowd cheered loudly when Detroit’s own favorite son Kid Rock endorsed the GOP ticket.

“It is a little difficult to put myself in this position knowing that I might alienate a few fans, ” said Kid Rock as he introduced Paul Ryan. “But I really believe strongly that it’s OK to disagree on politics and the direction of our country without hating one another.”

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Kid Rock at O.U. for the GOP Paul Ryan rally. (WWJ/Beth Fisher)

While Kid Rock was lending his name and fame in support of Ryan, WWJ’s Beth Fisher asked students whether politics and entertainment mix. Fisher got mixed opinions.

“He’s from Detroit and I listen to his music so I guess it would influence me a little,” said one woman.

But not everyone is influenced by the rocker’s appearance…

“He went out of his boundary … to go and be here today with him, I mean, that’s good for him and that’s good for Paul Ryan but … it would not influence me,” said another attendee.

Ryan told the 6,500 supporters that he and Romney want to earn their support. Ryan faces off against Democratic Vice President Joe Biden debate on Thursday night, an event that promises to be spirited. Watch it live on CBS 62 or hear it on WWJ 950.

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