April 18th, 2012
10:10 PM ET
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Ted Nugent to be interviewed by Secret Service

(CNN) – Ted Nugent, the rocker whose comments about President Barack Obama have come under scrutiny, will be interviewed by agents with the Secret Service, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

The interview, scheduled for Thursday, comes amid outcry over comments Nugent made at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, which took place in St. Louis this past weekend.

"If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," Nugent said, according to a video posted on YouTube by the NRA. "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 out of."

Many have questioned whether Nugent was alluding to violence against the president in his remarks.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, solicited donations from supporters using the comments, calling them "despicable, deplorable and completely beyond the pale."

In a radio interview Wednesday, Nugent said he was looking forward to meeting with the agents.

"We actually have heard from the Secret Service, and they have a duty, and I salute them, I support them," Nugent said on Glenn Beck's radio show. "I'm looking forward to our meeting tomorrow. I'm sure it'll be a fine gathering backstage in Oklahoma."

The U.S. official said the Secret Service would not issue a statement, nor publicly provide details of what transpires during the interview, after the meeting with Nugent.

The official said Secret Service policy is to acknowledge every American's right to free speech while still determining an individual's intent.

Nugent, like any interviewee, is allowed to bring a lawyer.

Nugent's comments sparked particular furor because the musician and activist has endorsed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul responded to comments from Nugent on Tuesday, saying "divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from."

"Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil," she added.

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soundoff (266 Responses)
  1. Alvin, Simon, but not Theodore

    Ted is and always has been an overbearing loud mouth who thinks everyone should be armed to the teeth because it's their God given right as an American. Whatever dude.

    April 18, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  2. Ted Bear

    Say what you want, now pay the price.

    April 19, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  3. James Taylor

    "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 out of."
    Nugent did you tell that to EVIL Bush and Cheney after invading Iraq for not reason at all, no WMD, no ties, to 911 and OBL. And in the process killing over 300,000 innocent Iraqi women, children and men and ruining their country and our economy?

    April 19, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  4. Nancy

    Gee, remember back in 2006 (I think) when the Dixie Chicks just said that they were embarrassed that the president was from Texas? Those poor gals had their careers ruined, received death threats, were called unpatriotic , and the right screamed from the mountaintops that even if you didn't like the president you should respect the office. What a surprise that they've changed the rules now.

    April 19, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  5. George McGlone

    Ted Nugent?, ...Who? So stupid? This fool's behavior and disrespect for the President of the U.S. is disgraceful.

    April 19, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  6. jjj

    Yep, the conservative nut jobs in this country are in their final death throes. The rattle is near, reap it cowards.

    April 19, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  7. Independent from NH

    Knowing our Secret Service they will probably just be looking for autographs.

    April 19, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  8. mudbone9

    I have been to many of his concerts but he is just too radical. I think he caught some of his own cat scratch fever.

    April 19, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  9. LTTC

    ridiculous, but i guess the secret service needs to check out each little peep that is heard.

    April 19, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  10. Reason & Logic

    If Nugent relied on his music for notoriety, he'd be long forgotten by now.

    April 19, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  11. Rodney

    For a backwood;s rocker he sure has cooth. Show them Gomers who the boss is Uncle Ted.

    April 19, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  12. john

    If something happens to the POTUS, Ted Nugent will be held responsible for inciting violence against him.It is one thing to disagree with Obama but it's utterly crossing the line to call for his assassination.Ted Nugent was talking to a lot of gun lovers who can well carry his devil deeds.

    April 19, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  13. Barry

    "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," Nugent said,...

    UH B-BYE TED!!!!!

    April 19, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  14. Emitr

    I'm not sure what Ted Nugent is made of. Is he an American hater?

    April 19, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  15. heshe

    This man, Glen Beck, and Rush Limbaugh and other ignorant, stupid republicans should be sent to outer space. Why are they being so nasty and lying about our PRESIDENT OBAMA? Could it be jealousy or racism???

    April 19, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  16. martin

    The guy can play a guitar; that's doesn't mean he isn't a complete fool. We have a two-party system in America and exercising your right to join one or the other doesn't make you an America hater, it makes you an American making a choice, something this dude doesn't quite understand.

    April 19, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  17. lcleejr

    nugent needs to keep playing guitar instead of babbling like a right wing whacko

    April 19, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  18. Al

    Dead Nugent! fine by me.

    April 19, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  19. dan

    If you threaten an american President, doesnt matter which one, you are un-patriotic. .

    April 19, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  20. xx4zu1

    Guess the in Jail part maybe coming true.

    April 19, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  21. cathip

    Nugent is a pathetic has-been. No one pays him attention anymore so to get the mainstream media's attention he threatens the life of a sitting US President. So much for civil discourse.....so much for respect of the office. I despised GWB as my president, I abhorred most (if not all) of his policies, but he is a father, a husband, a son, brother, and friend. I would NEVER consider wishing him dead. I wished him gone (from office) and I had a legitimate way of dealing with that.....its called voting. Mr. Nugents political persuasion is not shared by all, his lack of humanity towards a fellow human being, as well as his disrespectful position belongs where it started....in the deep recesses of a depraved mind.

    April 19, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  22. laurie

    Secret Service should be careful because Nugent might hunt them in the backwoods and shoot at them

    April 19, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  23. Kris

    Ted Nugent, a has been who can't keep his mouth shut. He's loving this. Grandparic Moron.

    April 19, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  24. DrJStrangepork

    So what happens in a year from now? Ted has made his prediction for where he is supposed to be. If Obama wins a second term, Ted has to be one of two things or he will be a liar. I will say Ted doesn't ride the fence...

    April 19, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  25. Johnny B. Goode

    Ted Nugent literally peed and crapped his pants to avoid going to Vietnam and then tries to play the super-patriot. What a joke!!!

    April 19, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
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