Secret Service clears Nugent after interview
April 19th, 2012
04:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Secret Service clears Nugent after interview

(CNN) - The U.S. Secret Service said Thursday that it has resolved any questions regarding rocker Ted Nugent, whom its agents interviewed after he said he would be "dead or in jail" if President Barack Obama were re-elected.

"The issue has been resolved," and the agency "does not anticipate any further action," Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told CNN after the interview.

Earlier Thursday, Nugent issued a statement of his own, writing, "I met with two fine, professional Secret Service agents in OK today." The musician was in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to perform a concert.

Nugent described the as a "good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone. The meeting could not have gone better. I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. God bless the good federal agents wherever they may be."

The interview came amid outcry over comments Nugent made at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, which took place in St. Louis, Missouri, 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 that the NRA posted on YouTube. "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."

The video has since been removed.

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

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."

A U.S. official said Wednesday that Secret Service policy is to acknowledge every American's right to free speech while still determining an individual's intent.

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.

CNN's Jason Morris, Jessica Yellin, Javi Morgado and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Newme1

    President Obama has my vote in November!

    April 19, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. MikeinMN

    Ted's got money so he get's the get out of jail free card. Try it as Joe American and see what happens.

    April 19, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. Stephen in VA

    Oh, c'mon, give the guy a break. The only way this has-been is ever gonna make the news is either a) say something stupid about the President, or b) go on Dancing With The Stars. Personally, I'm glad he chose option a, because I still sometimes enjoy watching DWTS.

    April 19, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. chucky

    Damn Yankees??This guy is a twit. Gun nuts should put that bullet where it belongs–in their own skulls.

    April 19, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. JS

    There is only one thing worse than an idiot and that is a loudmouth narcissistic idiot.

    April 19, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. David

    Ted loves guns and he loves the troops. But like Dick Cheney he never serviced in the military. Like Dick he choose to make $ instead.

    April 19, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. Baracalypse

    Hey libs... probably best not to send your goons out after Uncle Ted, more people like him than Obama.

    April 19, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. gg

    i hear people say obama destroyed the country-republicans were passing laws for corp. to ship jobs over seas for 30 yrs.it was destroyed long before he got into office

    April 19, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. mcross

    I think Ted is an excellent poster child for staying in school and getting an education!

    April 19, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  10. MeMelvin

    Loved his music in my youth. So sad he had has become a brainwashed right wing redneck.
    Best I can say, is thank you, Ted, for reaffirming my decision to vote for Obama again.

    April 19, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. GordyB

    The man was a draft dodger during the Viet Nam, what a coward!

    April 19, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. bad2worse

    Well my boy Ted is off the hook. How do you like it commies! The SS should investigate Ms. Wasserman. One of the top commies in the U.S. Rock ON Ted!

    April 19, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. davidpur

    Picture a cartoon beaver with big teeth that wears a cowboy hat and spits while he talks......Ted Nugent.

    April 19, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  14. Baa Weet

    So,very shortly the world will lose Ted.Oh well!!

    April 19, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. DP

    Celebs need to stay out of public politics unless they are running for office. Remember the Dixie Chicks got into some hot water over Bush comments. I will say Nuggent was way over the top though. Although, Bush had some Americans making direct death threats and I do not remember any stories of the Secret Service visiting them.

    April 19, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. Caron Speas

    If I hear one more idiot talk about "Obama's failed economic policies" I am going to throw up. What is wrong with Americans that they don't remember what caused this economic collapse and that economists told us in 2007 that it was going to be a great depression or worse and will last at least 12 years. Obama's policies have been wonderfully effective and resulted in subtantially reducing the impact of the failed policies of the prior two administrations. Wake up, America and stop being so stupid.

    April 19, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  17. Errm

    me....do you know he's a pedophile? People can say all the "vile" things they'd like about him, imo. Not only that, but he DID make a threat against the President AND against liberals...telling his "followers" to cut their heads off in Nov. if Pres. Obama wins re-election.
    Which he will. By a landslide.

    April 19, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  18. nobody

    How is it that the Black Panthers can put a bounty on Zimmermans head, (dead or alive) in writing, in public with no recourse what so ever. but when Ted says something not even close to the threats to Zimmerman, he's racked in the coals of the liberal biased media machine. seems kinda discriminative to me. I see some truth to Nugents statements, if Obama is re-elected, its possible many people will resort to jail for a place to stay and 3 square meals because under Obama's leadership, things are only getting worse, Icing on the cake? the socialist agenda is to have more and more of the population dependent on government so they can tell us what to do and when.

    April 19, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  19. OnlyOne

    "God bless the good federal agents!"

    Ted's vocabulary for: "Yes, sir; No, sir; Bend over sir? Why sure, sir!"

    April 19, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. Ponyboy

    Annual contribution to the NRA – $500.00
    Donation to the gun lobby – $800.00
    Membership dues to the Ted Nugent fan club – $0.35
    Sitting back and watching Americans shoot one another on the news – Priceless.
    The new Taliban Credit Card, taking care of the simple things in life so you can enjoy it's riches.

    April 19, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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