Eighties power-ballad rocker Meat Loaf gave GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney a ringing endorsement Thursday night in Ohio.
The “I’ll Do Anything for Love” singer performed a short set in front of a crowd of 12,000 and then gave a rambling explanation of his support for the former Massachusetts governor.
“There has storm clouds come over the United States,” Meat Loaf said, verbatim, according to the Washington Post. “There is thunderstorms over Europe. 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.’”
Meat Loaf, still thinking that the Cold War is going on, continued: “I have never heard such a thing in my life. 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 — Gov. Mitt Romney!”
The singer also said that he has never endorsed a candidate before, but that “in 2012 this is the most important election in the history of the United States.”
Meat Loaf said that he approves of Romney’s running-mate Paul Ryan because, “I want you to know, at 65, that Paul Ryan has not pushed me off the cliff in a wheelchair.”
He then introduced Romney to the stage, the Post reports, and when the candidate was finished speaking he joined Meat Loaf in a rendition of “America the Beautiful.”