Top 5 Country Musicians in Politics, Y'all

PHOTO: Mitt Romney and Kid Rock
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Kid Rock and Mitt Romney: A Campaign Theme Song

Kid Rock threw his star power behind GOP nominee Mitt Romney in Michigan in February. The singer of "Born Free," which has become the GOP candidate's campaign anthem, put on a performance at a Romney rally during his home state's primary. While Kid Rock never formally endorsed Romney, he did meet with him one-on-one prior to the performance.

PHOTO: Natalie Maines and Toby Keith
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Natalie Maines and Toby Keith: 2004 War of Words

After Natalie Maines said that she was ashamed of President George W. Bush's Texas roots and critiqued Bush's policies in Iraq as well as one of Toby Keith's songs, "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," Keith shot back. While Keith never came out in full support of the Iraq War, he slammed Maines and the Dixie Chicks for what he considered a lack of patriotism. The rocker used backdrops of Maines with Saddam Hussein at his concerts, to which Maines responded by donning a shirt that read "FUTK" at one of the Dixie Chicks' performances. Immediately after Maines' comments, the Dixie Chicks saw ticket sales drop dramatically, enough to force them to cancel tours in 2004.

PHOTO: Hank Williams Jr. and President Obama
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Hank Williams Jr. and Barack Obama: Foul! Unnecessary Roughness

Country singer Hank Williams Jr. thrust himself into the political landscape in October, 2011 when he compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler on "Fox and Friends". In response to that comment (among others), ESPN ended its partnership with Hank Jr. and his "Are You Ready for Some Football," theme song for "Monday Night Football."

PHOTO: Dennis Kucinich, left, and musician Willie Nelson sing during a campaign fund-raising concert in Austin, Texas, in this Jan. 3, 2004, file photo.
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Willie Nelson and Dennis Kucinich Bromance

Old time country legend Willie Nelson, voiced his support for Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) in January 2012. Nelson held a sold out 1,400 seat concert in Lorain, Ohio, to sing out in support of long time friend, Dennis Kucinich. He even helped him raise money as a long-shot nominee for the presidential candidacy in 2004. Nelson was supportive of the lawmaker. But he's also had some problems with the law, particularly drug laws. Nelson has become more involved in political activism recently. He openly supports legalizing marijuana and spoke in favor of propositions in California and elsewhere last month.

PHOTO: Lee Greenwood and Sarah Palin
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Lee Greenwood: Enduring One-Hit Wonder

A supporter of the Republican Party, the "God Bless the USA" singer was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Council of the Arts for a six-year term. "God Bless the USA," Greenwood's trademark song, is a sort of unofficial national anthem in some circles.

PHOTO: Kinky Friedman
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Kinky Friedman's Foray

Texan and country singer Kinky Friedman maintains a colorful presence in Texas state politics. Friedman, who once said, "I'm not pro-life, and I'm not pro-choice. I'm pro-football," campaigned for governor of Texas in 2006, promising to "dewussify" the lone star state.Most recently, Friedman endorsed Rick Perry's 2012 bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

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