Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann will not have to look far for replacement anthems after Tom Petty and Katrina and the Waves objected to her playing “American Girl” and “Walking on Sunshine.” Conservative rocker Ted Nugent offered up a couple of his own as replacement tunes for the Minnesota congresswoman that are not exactly family fare, The Washington Post
However, Bachmann may want to vet the songs before cranking up the volume.
“Michele Bachmann is clearly a Great American,” Nugent wrote in an email to the paper. “Her words have iron, her spirit is indefatigable and her beauty contagious. In a perfect world her ultimate campaign theme song would be WANG DANG SWEET [expletive] just to fire up America and prove that political correctness is laughable. But since her ‘we the people’ Tea Party defiance is tantamount to setting America back on a course of rugged individualism and Herculean productivity, STRANGLEHOLD is the only choice. Godspeed [Michele]. Let em have it!”
Representatives for Lee Greenwood, whose song “God Bless the U.S.A.” often is heard at political events, said playing of the song is not approved. Manager Jerry Bentley told the Post that the only time it was licensed to be used was in President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 re-election effort. “There have been campaigns where he has sung the song and supported the candidate, but no campaign has been permitted to use it officially. It has nothing to do with the candidates. And it’s nothing personal against [Bachmann]; we just never approve it being licensed. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a Democrat or a Republican or an independent or a tea party candidate,” he said according to the Post.
The newspaper contacted representatives for Neil Diamond about using “America,” Miley Cyrus about her “Party in the U.S.A.,” and the Dixie Chicks but has yet to get a response.
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