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Rockers Versus Politicians

John Mellencamp vs. John McCain

After the McCain campaign began playing “Our Country” and “Pink Houses” at rallies during the 2008 presidential race, Mellencamp began quietly, and then not-so-quietly, requesting that they stop. "Mr. Mellencamp identifies very strongly with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and was supportive (with these same songs!) of the candidacy of John Edwards, on whose behalf he made several campaign appearances," Mellencamp’s publicist wrote to McCain’s team. "Are you sure you want to use his music to promote Senator McCain's efforts? Logic says that the facts might prove to be an embarrassment, were they to be circulated widely." —Jeff Royer

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