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Friday
May042012

Ted Nugent: Romney Camp 'Expressed Support' After Controversial Comments on Obama

Randy Snyder/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Ted Nugent, after a Secret Service investigation, a canceled Army concert and an outpouring of criticism, said presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's camp "expressed support" for the controversial comments he made about President Obama in April at the annual National Rifle Association meeting.

The no-holds-barred Texas rocker told CBS' This Morning that Romney's campaign told him to "stay on course" and not to tone it down after Nugent said he will "either be dead or in jail by this time next year" if President Obama is re-elected.

"I got the sensation it was, not from Mitt himself or Mrs. Romney, stay on course Ted, freedom of speech is a beautiful thing," Nugent said in the interview, which aired Friday morning.

The Romney campaign responded by re-issuing the statement it put out two weeks ago, shortly after Nugent's comments at the NRA went viral.

"Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from," Romney's spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in the statement. "Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil."

Nugent said Romney actively courted his endorsement, personally calling the rocker to ask for his support, which he officially gave via Twitter in March.

Nugent's inflammatory remarks landed him in hot water not only with Obama supporters, but with the Secret Service, which he said met with him for 35 to 40 minutes to ensure that he did not pose a threat to President Obama.

"It was adorable," Nugent said of the Secret Service meeting, which took place in an Oklahoma hotel room prior to his concert there in late April. "They did their job perfectly, I answered the questions perfectly."

Despite calling Obama and members of his administration "criminals" and calling on conservatives to "chop their heads off in November," Nugent maintained that he never threatened anyone.

"Couldn't. wouldn't. I wouldn't waste a breath threatening someone." Nugent said. "I feel sorry for liberals who can be that brain dead as to take a statement of fear on my part and turn it into a threat on someone else."

In an interview with the Texas Tribune, which also went online Friday, Nugent doubled down on the remarks that have earned him so much attention over the past two weeks.

"If Obama is elected, I will either be dead or in jail because I'm on his enemies list and if they come and get my guns, if they come to take my property, I will either be dead or in jail," Nugent told the Tribune. "Do you really find any ambiguity in that?"

The Motor City Madman insisted that he is "not provocative" compared with liberals and the media.

"I'm almost like a little puppy dog compared to these monsters," Nugent said, adding that "the left hates me" because "I promote the right to self defense."

Nugent cited Fort Knox's decision to cancel his June concert at the Kentucky post as one example of how "bread dead" liberals are "out to get" him.

"When I hear the political correctness that has somehow metastasized into the decision makers of the military, I was really let down that political correctness has any role at all in the military," he said.

Commanders at Fort Knox announced earlier this week that were eliminating Nugent from their annual summer concert because of his comments about President Obama.

While Nugent has endorsed Romney, the Detroit rocker said Friday that his first pick for president was Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who dropped out of the race in January.

"I wish he was the president right now, man!" Nugent told the Texas Tribune. "My problems would be over."

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Tuesday
Apr172012

Secret Service Investigates Ted Nugent Remarks on Obama

Randy Snyder/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Secret Service is looking into the incendiary and potentially threatening remarks made by rocker and Mitt Romney-backer Ted Nugent at the National Rifle Association convention over the weekend.

“We are aware of them and we are conducting the appropriate follow-up now,” Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie told ABC News.

Nugent told a crowd of convention-goers that “if Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”

“If you can’t go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don’t even know what you’re made of,” he said. The comments were caught on tape and posted online by the website Right Wing Watch.

The Democratic National Committee and Obama campaign have launched a multimedia offensive against Romney over Nugent, demanding that the presumptive GOP nominee disavow the statements of his high-profile supporter.

But the White House Tuesday refused to join in the condemnation and said that it won’t be “policing the statements of supporters across the board.”

“The president is focused on the issues,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney, when asked by ABC News about Nugent’s remarks.

“I think a lot of this other stuff is noise.  And I think most Americans are pretty sophisticated consumers of the news, especially as we get closer to the elections, and pretty sophisticated evaluators of the men and women who put themselves forward to be president,” he said.

When asked whether the president supports demands from DNC officials, Carney deflected the question.

“I haven’t seen the comments that you’re referring to by others. The president’s focused on doing his job.  He has made the point that, you know -- you know, we can’t as a general rule police the statements of every supporter.  I think best to just abide by the kind of standards of behavior and rhetoric yourself,” he said.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul on Tuesday offered the first public comment on the Nugent controversy, saying that “everyone needs to be civil.”

“Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from,” Saul said in a statement.

Nugent endorsed Romney on Twitter in March after apparently having a “long heart and soul conversation” with the former governor and has been an outspoken advocate for his election to the presidency.

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Monday
Apr162012

Romney Backer Ted Nugent Calls Obama Admin ‘Vile, Evil, America-Hating’

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Democrats are crying foul after politically conservative rocker and Mitt Romney supporter Ted Nugent made incendiary comments about President Obama during a weekend appearance at the National Rifle Association convention.

Nugent -- who endorsed Romney on Twitter in March after apparently having a “long heart and soul conversation” with the former governor -- accused Obama of running a “vile, evil, America-hating administration.”

“Your goal should be to get a couple of thousand people, per person here, to vote for Mitt Romney in November,” Nugent told a crowd of convention-goers, according to a video of the remarks posted by the website Right Wing Watch.

Nugent later says, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”

“Being at the NRA event -- God bless you, good indicator -- but if you can’t go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don’t even know what you’re made of,” he said. “If you can’t galvanize and promote and recruit people to vote for Mitt Romney, we’re done. We’ll be a suburb of Indonesia next year.”

The Democratic National Committee condemned Nugent -- referring to him as a Romney “surrogate” -- and demanded that he and the Romney campaign disavow the remarks.

“Romney surrogate Ted Nugent’s comments about Pres. Obama are vile & beyond the pale,” DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz posted on Twitter. “The Romney campaign should denounce them immediately.”

“Where’s the outrage?” asked DNC national press secretary Melanie Roussell on Twitter.

It’s unclear what relationship, if any in an official capacity, Nugent has with Romney or the Romney campaign. A spokesperson for the campaign did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Romney addressed the NRA convention on Friday, reaching out to gun owners for their support in his bid to take back the White House from Obama.

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