Meat Loaf endorses Mitt Romney, sings 'America The Beautiful' at rally (Video)
Meat Loaf endorsed Mitt Romney and gave a passionate and emotional performance at a rally for Republican presidential candidate in Defiance, Ohio on Thursday, October 25 - 11 days before the 2012 U.S. general election.
The 65-year-old Grammy-winning singer, who is known for theatrical rock anthems such as "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" and "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)," told the crowd at Defiance High School's football stadium that "There has storm clouds come over the United States (sic)," according to The New York Times.
"There is thunderstorms over Europe (sic)," the newspaper quoted Meat Loaf as saying. "There are hail storms, and I mean major hail storms, in the Middle East. There are storms brewing through China, through Asia, through everywhere, and there's only one man that on the other night when President Barack Obama, God bless him, said to Mitt Romney, 'The Cold War is over' ... I have never heard such a thing in my life"
Last week, Obama has told Romney during their third and final debate that "The Cold War has been over for 20 years" and that the Republican leader seemed to "want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s."
Romney had said earlier this year that Russia was a geopolitical foe of the United States and reiterated this at the debate, adding he also said "Iran is the greatest national security threat we face" and that "Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again."
"The man needs to understand Putin and Russia, so I want you to know that there is one man who will stand tall in this country and fight the storm and bring the United States back to what it should be ... Governor Mitt Romney!" Meat Loaf told a cheering crowd.
The singer said that he had "never been in any political agenda" up until this year but that the November 6 ballot marked "the most important election in the history of the United States."
Public records show that in January, Meat Loaf, whose real name is Michael Lee Aday, donated $1,250 to the presidential campaign of Republican politician Rick Santorum. In 2008, he contributed $500 to John McCain's. The Republican candidate ran against Barack Obama, who is seeking re-election.
"I want you to know that there is one man who will stand tall in this country and fight the storm and bring the United States back to what it should be. Governor Mitt Romney!" he shouted, his voice cracking.
"And like I said, never before, have I endorsed a single candidate till now," he added. "So let me hear ya'll repeat after me. Mitt Romney."
After the crowd repeated the chant, Meat Loaf performed his 2011 song "Stand In The Storm," which was released in 2011 and features Mark McGrath, John Rich and Lil Jon. The latter two singers had co-starred with Meat Loaf on Donald Trump's NBC reality show "The Celebrity Apprentice" in 2011.
Meat Loaf later joined Romney, country singer Randy Owens and Rich's country duo Big & Rich on stage for a performance of "America The Beautiful." Meat Loaf ended the song on an emotional note and then hugged the presidential hopeful. Check out a video, courtesy of ABC News.
Obama is the favored presidential candidate in Ohio, a coveted state with 18 electroral votes, according to a CNN/OTRC poll released on Friday. It showed 50 percent of respondents likely to vote support the president's re-election, while 46 percent favor Romney.