Kid Rock Endorses Romney-Ryan

By the Associated Press | October 8, 2012 | 10:34 PM EDT

Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., right, is introduced by recording artist Kid Rock at a rally at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Kid Rock hasn't been shy about supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan, even if it costs him some fans.

The made-in-Michigan rock musician introduced Ryan during a rally Monday night in the Detroit suburb of Rochester.

The rapper, born Robert Ritchie, told the raucous crowd gathered at Oakland University that he believes "you have to stand for something" even if it may alienate a few fans.

"I really believe strongly that it’s okay to disagree on politics and the direction of our country without hating one another," he said. "I mean it’s no secret that I am embedded in an industry that leans very left."

He quieted the crowd a bit when he shared his pride over the election of Barack Obama as the first black president.

"I am very proud to say that we had elected our first black president; I’m sorry--I’m sorry he didn’t do a better job, I really wish he would have—I do, but the facts are the facts," he said.