Spirit of the Wild: Lawmaker explains bringing Nugent to State of the Union
February 12th, 2013
01:53 PM ET
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Spirit of the Wild: Lawmaker explains bringing Nugent to State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Steve Stockman, the Texas Republican who invited Ted Nugent to this year's State of the Union, explained Tuesday his reasoning in bringing along the outspoken rocker and gun rights advocate to President Barack Obama's annual address.

"He's a very articulate spokesman," Stockman told CNN. "I'm excited to have him. I think he gives a balance to what's being said tonight at the White House. And it will be a balance. The president gives his views and his opinions. And we live in a free country where other people get to speak their opinion."

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Stockman, who served two years in the U.S. House during the 1990s and was again elected last year, has emerged as a vocal critic of Obama, particularly on the subject of gun control. He's vowed to tweet during the president's address using the hashtag #youlie, a reference to the 2009 outburst from Rep. Joe Wilson, R-South Carolina, during Obama's address on health care to a joint session of Congress.

Stockman has also said he'll consider filing impeachment articles against the president in response to the executive directives Obama issued following December's deadly school shooting in Connecticut.

"I think if we keep going down this road it sets a dangerous precedent and we're going to continue to look at our options," Stockman said Tuesday, adding that "all options are on the table."

His guest to Tuesday's speech, the platinum-selling rocker Ted Nugent, has also voiced his fierce opposition to Obama's policies, including during last year's presidential campaign. He was interviewed by the U.S. Secret Service after he said he would be "dead or in jail" if Obama was re-elected.

Nugent made the comments at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, on whose board he sits.

In a recent interview with CNN's Deborah Feyerick, Nugent said tighter restrictions on guns wouldn't prevent massacres like the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

"It's not the weapons. The weapons had nothing to do with it. These weapons are in every pickup in Texas. People have to get past the hardware," Nugent said.

One place there won't be weapons? The U.S. Capitol during the president's speech. Asked if he was confident Nugent would arrive unarmed, Stockman recalled his guest saying he would have to "demilitarize" himself.

"He has to go through screening like we all do," he said.

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    Disgusted With The GOP

    I served while this N.R.A. icon (and coward) dodged the draft. He loves guns and hunting. In 1965 we would have gladly issued him a weapon and given him the opportunity to hunt – and be hunted.
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    In 1965, Ted Nugent was 16.

    February 12, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Kind of like bringing David Duke to a Bar Mitzvah.

    February 12, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    Disgusted With The GOP

    I served while this N.R.A. icon (and coward) dodged the draft. He loves guns and hunting. In 1965 we would have gladly issued him a weapon and given him the opportunity to hunt – and be hunted.
    --–
    In 1965, Ted Nugent was 16.
    ********************
    About the same age as a lot of the girls he got pregnant while on tour, enjoying the freedom that someone else paid for with his life.

    February 12, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. bilbo boomer

    So,Ted, how come you're not dead or in jail yet? Most of us would be fine with either.....

    February 12, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. kayla

    just when i thought it was safe to get into the water.

    February 12, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Ken

    Nugent was old enough to serve during the Vietnam War but the coward crapped in his pants to get a deferment. Gun nuts like him only have courage when they confront an unarmed person. Give bears guns and most hunters would give up bear hunting.

    February 12, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. snowdogg

    "He's a very articulate spokesman" – for a Texan.

    February 12, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Name lynn

    The state of the union have ran out of words, they cant controll guns nor obama now they just domed.

    February 12, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Facts don't Lie

    you know in a way I hope Nugent DOES act up on the Senate floor....let's see how the GOP would respond to it. Would they do a "Mitt Romney" and say something to the effect of "well I wouldn't have said it like that" Would they denounce it or claim he has freedom of speech? Let's see what the GOP would do since they are trying to re-invent themselves.

    February 12, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. simp

    This idiot stockman needs to be kicked out of office how in the hell you bring a racist loud mouth idiot like nugent to a event when he has threaten the President. If this was a black congressman or senator trying to bring Kanye West to a bush state of the union you morons would have had a fit. I hate how much racism is in this country especially when you can elect a rep that has obvious racist intent.

    February 12, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. John

    Uncle Ted for president!!!!! Obummer is the skid marks in Ted's underware.

    February 12, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. anne112

    "He's a very articulate spokesman." Oh he's that, alright; just not in the way you'd like, Mr Stockman! His comments should be wildly entertaining, if nothing else.

    February 12, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. anne112

    Hope he's wearing diapers.

    February 12, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    Name lynn

    The state of the union have ran out of words, they cant controll guns nor obama now they just domed
    ---------

    can anyone decipher this babble?

    February 12, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Kathy0715

    Today Boehner said that President Obama didn't have any guts. Now, that was an hysterical comment considering that Boehner is the most gutless congressman I have ever seen. He can't stand up to the T-party clowns and now he is allowing someone of his party to bring a known racist who has made threats against the President and Secretary Clinton, among others, to be a guest of his party at the State of the Union. He makes me sick.

    February 12, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. william

    Ted you had the chance to carry a weapon in S.E.A. where it was hunt and be hunted you deferred ! That's a real sportsman shooting unarmed animals , that's no challenge.

    February 12, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    -anne112

    Hope he's wearing diapers.
    **************
    He's old enough, he may have to.

    February 12, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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