Back in 2008, KISS bassist/demon Gene Simmons cast his vote for Barack Obama in the presidential election. This time, the rocker has had a change of heart, telling FOX News’ “Fox and Friends” that he’s a Mitt Romney man.
“Hindsight is 20/20,” he said. “I have some real issues with the economy and how it’s being done. America should be in business and it should be run by a businessman.”
Sprinkled among assorted plugs for a new line of restaurants (Rock and Brews), along with KISS-branded Hello Kitty dolls and a Las Vegas golf course, Simmons made the case for fiscal responsibility in the current political climate.
“America is a business. If you can’t afford to do something, no matter how much bellyaching everybody does… I’m so sorry, if you can’t afford it, you shouldn’t do it,” he told the show. “If you can afford to take care of two kids. Have two kids. Don’t have ten kids. If you can’t afford to have a $400,000 home, you can afford a $100,000 home, then do that.”
After a bit of hounding to actually commit to a candidate by the show’s conservative trifecta of Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade, Simmons came out with it.
“Strictly speaking on the economy and in my humble opinion foreign policy, Mitt Romney.”
Simmons’ shift of opinion on Obama is nothing new, having explained his vote in a 2010 CNN interview. “I voted for President Bush, I voted for President Clinton, and, although I do want my vote back, I voted for President Obama,” he said.
“I voted because the man that was running was a moment in history… I wanted to show the world that America — the land of slaves, the land that tortured its black population for hundreds of years — is also the place of hope that could give an African-American a chance to lead… However, if you take a look at the resume, you couldn’t find somebody, in retrospect, more unqualified — two years in public office, never ran his own company.”
KISS recently announced a co-headlining tour with Motley Crue that kicks off July 20.