Kiss singer/bassist Gene Simmons appeared on the Fox News Channel’s conservative talk show Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning to wag his tongue about the upcoming presidential election.  The outspoken rocker, who voted for Barack Obama in 2008, declared that he hopes Republican candidate Mitt Romney wins this year.

“Americans, smartly, and I applaud them for doing so, vote on the issues and not the party,” he explained about his apparent change of allegiances.

“Hindsight is 20/20,” he continued.  “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 businessmen.  That’s my philosophy.”

He also suggested that U.S. citizens should be smarter with how they handle their finances.

“America is a business,” he maintained.  “If you can’t afford to do something, no matter how much bellyaching everybody does…you shouldn’t do it.”

Simmons also took the time to promote Rock & Brews, the new restaurant he co-owns in El Segundo, California, that’s celebrating its grand opening today.  The sold-out opening bash, which will take place at 6 p.m. PT, will feature appearances by various members of Kiss and Guns N’ Roses, as well as Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.  The event is raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Simmons told Fox & Friends that he eventually plans to open many Rock & Brews franchises.

“We intend to have hundreds and hundreds of restaurants worldwide,” he said.

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