Rand Paul: Nugent should apologize for 'offensive' words
February 21st, 2014
09:22 AM ET
2 months ago

Rand Paul: Nugent should apologize for 'offensive' words

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul says Ted Nugent owes President Barack Obama an apology.

Paul tweeted Thursday night that


In an interview last month with Guns.com, Nugent referred the President as  a "sub-human mongrel." Those comments were back in the media spotlight after the 1970s and 1980's rock star and outspoken conservative activist appeared earlier this week on the campaign trail with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the likely GOP gubernatorial nominee.

The Republican senator from Kentucky isn't the only possible 2016 GOP White House contender to comment on Nugent's comments, but appears to be the first to call on Nugent to apologize.

Asked by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer Thursday in an interview "The Situation Room" about Nugent, longtime Texas Gov. Rick Perry said "The idea that Ted Nugent has said something that's outrageous shouldn't surprise anybody."

Perry, who's considering a second bid for the Republican presidential nomination, added that Nugent "shouldn't have said something like that about the President of the United States."

And Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas distanced himself with what Nugent said in an exclusive interview Wednesday with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.
"Those sentiments there, of course, I don't agree with them. You've never heard me say such a thing and nor would I," Cruz said.

But the GOP senator, who's also entertaining a 2016 run, embraced Nugent's outspoken stance in support of the Second Amendment.

"I will note, there are reasons Ted Nugent - people listen to him, which is that he has been fighting passionately for Second Amendment rights. And - and this administration has demonstrated an incredible hostility to the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens," Cruz said.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: 2016 • President Obama • Rand Paul • Rick Perry • Ted Cruz
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. tom l

    Once again, the man says and does something that liberals should be in support of. I won't prejudge. I know Sniffit won't because of the WHO. But I think The Real TP will recognize this properly. This is just another example of how Rand Paul is not your typical repub and really should have some support for certain issues from across the aisle.

    February 21, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. Rose Marie

    Mama always said "You're judged by the company you keep".

    February 21, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. rs

    Like the whole "birther" movement, or even the TEA Party movement that seemed to tap into extremist and racist ideology that lives in the GOP base- sure an apology would be appropriate- however- like all such apologies offered by fools like Nugent they would be meaningless. If Mr. Paul (or anyone else in the GOP) is offended by Mr. Nugent's racial assault, then they would do far more good to work to strip those elements from their party. That would be a true and wonderful thing for our nation.

    As the GOP in AZ just passed through the Legislature a bill enshrining the "right" of business owners to discriminate against employees and clientele based upon their "sincere" religious beliefs, I find Mr. Paul's words as hollow as his intellect.

    February 21, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Finally, a conservative who is demanding Nugent do the right thing.

    February 21, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Bill

    The campaign commercials for Wendy Davis using this loser's remarks are already in the hopper, Mr. Aqua Buddha. Funny how the GOP is always apologizing for its offensive, ugly, bigoted and inappropriate remarks. I guess that re-branding effort by the GOP is not doing very well. I sure hope Aqua Buddha and Cruz run for president. It will make it that much easier for the democrats in 2016.

    February 21, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Ol' Yeller

    Good for rand paul. I do question his motives though as he just called President Clinton a predator in the last news cycle, so methinks this is more for show than anything else.
    He could change my mind by calling out rush limbaugh for some of his ignorant and racist statements because he has made many and paul (nor any republicant) has ever dared to take him to task.

    February 21, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Marie MD

    First time in forever that he is right but this still won't get you Democrats votes.

    February 21, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    If any of the Republican politicians were actually sincere in their criticism of Nugent, then they would not only criticize Nugent, but they should also criticize the politicians who campaign with him.

    February 21, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Ted Nugent's derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics. He should apologize."

    I will not question Rand Paul's motive and will simply accept what I feel should be echoed throughout the GOP ladder of leadership.

    February 21, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. Joi Gibson

    Nugget-brain should apologize but he will not; and even if he did, it would be meaningless. I will say this for Rand Paul, he rightly condemns what Nugget-brain said without trying to justify Nugget-brain as a proud defender of the 2d Amendment. You can defend your beliefs without being disgustingly offensive. Nugget-brain is a pig and Cruz talks out of both of his orifices. Give credit where credit is due, and I will credit to Rand Paul on this one.

    February 21, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Anonymous

    It's election year...

    February 21, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    but Joe McCarthy Cruz has not ruled out allowing that disgusting hater to campaign with him. I guess his statement holds no water.....what a surprise

    February 21, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. Wake up People!

    Why apologize when he said exactly what he meant? I'm sick of these racists spewing their hate for their ilk until they get called out on it. No need for Nugent or Rand to apologize for their views.

    February 21, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. yolanda

    The media perpetuates the problem by giving people like Ted Nugent and Bill Maher coverage. Poor taste is rewarded.

    February 21, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Donna

    Did any of the Democrats or their supporters ever apologize for all of the despicable names they called (and still do call) President Bush? As long you are willing to throw those names around, you should not expect others to apologize for their name calling.

    I know it is a lot to ask for, civil Democrat behavior, but that is the way things work. Don't demand of others, what you refuse to do.

    February 21, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Wake up People!

    Why apologize when he said exactly what he meant? I'm sick of these racists spewing their hate for their ilk until they get called out on it. No need for Nugent or Rand to apologize for their views.
    -----------------------
    It's called freedom of speech according to Rand Paul. Paul is on record saying that bigotry is a form of freedom of speech. It's his justification for declaring that he would have never voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    February 21, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Wake up People!

    Yep blame the media as if racism isn't a real problem. Let's continue to sweep it under the rug and call anyone fighting against it a race baiter and accuse them of playing the fictitious race card. And in another 150 years we'll be in the same place when it comes to race. But that's the point right?

    February 21, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. notaboblehead

    Good news for Ted Nugent, under the affordable care act your health insurance is required to provide you with 30 days more of mental health coverage than in previous years. That is a total of 60 days. Ted needs every bit of the help 60 days could offer. By his own admission Ted avoided the draft by defecating and urinating in his clothes, not bathing and using drugs before the physical for the draft. Just wondering how the board member of the NRA is thought of by Veterans and NRA members.

    February 21, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -yolanda

    The media perpetuates the problem by giving people like Ted Nugent and Bill Maher coverage. Poor taste is rewarded.
    ************
    Unfortunately, poor taste = ratings = money. You don't become successful in the news/entertainment busiess without covering sensationalist garbage, which is precisely what Nugent and Maher are. Frankly, I'm tired of people who's only claim to fame is unihibited behavior masquerading as cultural barometers. Why are we relying on cultural libertines for inspiration?

    February 21, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Wake up People!

    I personally don't need his apology and I doubt the POTUS does either. Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining.

    Btw Rudy, I attempted to comment and I mentioned the same topic you did but that was zapped.

    February 21, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. Tampa Tim

    I don't think the media is to blame for Nugent. He has managed to threaten the president, and cried like a baby when when the FBI interviewed him.

    February 21, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "I will note, there are reasons Ted Nugent – people listen to him,"

    Occam's Razor: There are ton of racists in Amurika and racism is still a very real and pervasive problem in our society.

    Next.

    February 21, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Dead Bear

    Too bad Rand isn't flat out calling for Nugent to just STFU...

    February 21, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Sniffit

    "I will not question Rand Paul's motive and will simply accept what I feel should be echoed throughout the GOP ladder of leadership."

    Agreed. When the puppy finally learns to go to the door instead of unloading in the middle of the kitchen, you encourage that behavior.

    February 21, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "Too bad Rand isn't flat out calling for Nugent to just STFU..."

    That would be counter-productive. Nugent is around saying those things so they don't have to.

    February 21, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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