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Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith Among Those Mitt Romney Wants to Perform at The White House

2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney
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You might not have guessed it in a million years, but apparently Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is a country music fan. As a matter of fact, in a recent interview, Romney cited several country music acts atop his favorites.

In the interview with Parade, Romney said his vision for the White House goes like this:

“I’d like it to be open and have people feel welcome there. I don’t just mean touring it, but also come to the East Room and see a performance of some kind.”

Mitt went on to specifically note:

“I would certainly want to hear from the Beach Boys, even though I know it’s not the same group it used to be. Also Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith, and today’s rock stars—The Killers are one group I enjoy…I’d let Alabama come back and sing again, and Aerosmith. Different eras.”

For the record, Mitt has ties to several of the artists he mentioned. Aerosmith is from Massachusetts, where Romney was governor 2003-2007 and Alabama lead singer Randy Owen is scheduled to perform at the Republican National Convention. Brandon Flowers, singer for the rock band The Killers shares the Mormon faith with the Republican nominee for president. Whether these ties have anything to do with Romney’s mentioning them in the interview, you can draw your own conclusion.

While there’s a connection between Romney and some of his favorite artists, Kenny Chesney has never been outspoken about his political affiliations, and prefers to keep them private. Toby Keith, on the other hand, has voiced his opinion on several occasions. While he has been in agreement with President Obama, Keith actually pulled his affiliation from the Democratic Party in 2008, and is now registered as an Independent. Toby has endorsed Republican Rick Perry’s campaign, but has also defended same-sex marriage (which Perry opposes). Garth Brooks is outspoken in his support of Obama, but believes the angry rhetoric between Democrats and Republicans needs to end.

So, if Mitt were a booking agent for the White House, that’s who he would pick to play. What artist would you like to see book a date in D.C.?

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