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Almost every time Republican candidates try to use cool music, the artists sue them

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are only the latest Republican candidates who have been forced to stop using music by artists whose politics apparently are not of the GOP variety.

It says HERE that there are exceptions to this trend, but they’re few and far between:

“When you think about every iconic song that has emotional resonance for millions and millions of Americans, in almost every instance, Republican candidates can’t use the song because the artist is not supportive,” said Steve Schmidt, a Republican campaign strategist who was Senator John McCain’s campaign manager in 2008 and worked on the re-election campaign of President George W. Bush. “All these artists are delighted to sell concert tickets to independents and Republicans.”

So rare is it for Republicans to get rockers’ support that it surprised many in the music business when in early December Mr. Romney asked Kid Rock [above] for permission to use “Born Free” during the campaign and got his blessing.

UPDATE: HERE‘s a case of a rocker inflicting a little revenge on Gingrich for stealing his song.

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