"When you are taking money from the public, you should keep your political views to yourself. You are not Republican, you're not Democrat ... we're all Americans.In a 2006 Country Music Television interview, when Owens was asked about endorsing a local political candidate, he responded:
But one thing I feel strongly about is supporting our troops, and if you don't agree with that you can kiss my ass!"
I have always had really strong feelings about endorsing any political candidate on the stage. ... I care very deeply about our state and our county and our country, as well, but I feel like there are independents, Democrats and Republicans -- everybody -- that like our music. That music means something to all of those people.I love those country music boys.
I feel like unless you're going to run for office, you really should keep your mouth shut on stage about the political climate. Now, off the stage, off the Alabama stage in our home state, obviously my wife and I do a lot of stuff that helps candidates.
... Yes, I have been asked, and my wife has been asked, several times to run for office in the state of Alabama -- on the national level and the state level. But we feel like we do more good helping candidates. I feel like I've given enough of myself -- through my music and my charities.