Musician Kid Rock confirmed on Howard Stern’s show that he is not running for the senate. The whole idea was a publicity stunt for his new album, but doesn’t really regret it. From Detroit Free Press:

“F— no, I’m not running for Senate. Are you kidding me?” Rock said on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show. “Who couldn’t figure that out? I’m releasing a new album. I’m going on tour too. Are you f—ing sh–ing me?”

“It’s the worst advice I ever gave myself, but it’s been the most creative thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “And I’ve gotten to see everyone’s true colors.”

People close to him actually thought Kid Rock was serious as the public talked about it more. Rock told them no, but encouraged them to “roll with it for awhile.”

As he said, the whole experience opened his eyes and he got to see the true side of people. Rock, originally from Michigan, had a show at Little Caesars Arena, but protests only began after he posted about running for the Senate:

“As soon as I said, ‘I don’t know, maybe (I’ll run), everyone goes: ‘He’s the Klan wizard, he’s homophobic, he’s Islamophobic,'” Rock said. “I’m like, this is kind of fun — might as well be!”

Throughout the hour-long interview, Rock sarcastically mocked accusations of racism toward him. When Stern wondered aloud when the two had last talked on the air, Rock replied: “It was before I was racist.”

“Yeah, I know, now you’re the new racist guy,” Stern responded.

“I am the Klan wizard!” Rock said.

He even fired back at those who said he shouldn’t open the brand new arena because taxpayers funded it. Obviously the critics forgot one minor detail:

“Hey, I’m a f—ing taxpayer in the f—ing city of Detroit, by the way,” he said. “Cut it out, motherf—–s. Stop f—ing with me!”

Rock also confirmed to Stern that he is “socially liberal” and “fiscally conservative” after the host pointed out “Rock’s condemnation of neo-Nazis” and his “support of gay rights.”

Kemberlee blogged in February that Kid Rock’s name came up as a possible candidate for the Senate to challenge Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow. A poll in July showed that Kid Rock actually had a lead over Stabenow.

Another poll in September had an impressive lead for Kid Rock over other GOP primary candidates. 56% said that of Michigan Republicans do not know who they would vote for, but 29% pointed to Kid Rock. The person behind him only received 7% of the support.

Kid Rock has been open about his libertarian-Republican leanings, showing support for Mitt Romney, Ben Carson, and finally Donald Trump. He even had a long conversation with Romney in 2012 about policies and issues before he threw his support behind the GOP presidential candidate.