April 18th, 2012
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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. Larry

    Arrest this draft dodging chickenhawk. The guy makes me sick and Romney not taking a stronger stance against his commenst leads me to believe Mittens and Nugent are two of a kind. Draping themselves in the American flag of patriotism but too scared to actually serve. Did Mittens dodge Vietnam too?

    April 19, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  2. mark

    Stand your ground Ted!!!!

    April 19, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  3. Danny Sausagee

    Grow up America. Why don't we start going after the liars and crooks in Washington when they make threats and lie to the American public. Soon we won't be able to criticize the government at all. Freedom of expression and freedom of speech is long gone in this country. Civility is one thing, being able to openly criticize the government is another. This is blown way out of proportion.

    April 19, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  4. Goodstuff

    Aging hippy-rocker says something stupid. This isn't news.

    April 19, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  5. Reddog9500

    "Motor City Madman", indeed.

    April 19, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  6. bill

    Obama did not sneak into the White House. He got in by getting over half the the U.S votes. Nugent is a man who wants a one party system but mostly to be recognized as a leader of rebels. When Obama was running for president in the last election, I heard many say they would leave the country if he won, unfortunatly none of them left. I dont know who will win in November but will respect the voice of the majority, that is a the democratic way.

    April 19, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |

    I think everybody knows that Ted's a little out there, probably too much partying when he was on tour...

    April 19, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  8. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Ted Nuget is an extremist, I have seen him personaly after fishing for Salmon at one of the local pubs in the St Clair River on the Canadian side, (betwen Michigan and Ontario) he is of limited inteligence, rude and loud. However that type of people may act on their comments.
    I also have to point out he is a lousy musician.

    April 19, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  9. Dave

    I wonder if the Secret Service will have an interpreter there to help Nugent with the big words. I bet he will whine like a baby.

    April 19, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  10. Marian

    .............he's a mockery of freedom of speech, testing how far he can go!!! shameful, insulting and this is not what our framer's' foresaw............

    April 19, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  11. Docdewitt

    What a tool!

    April 19, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  12. Brad Ducoat

    It was only a matter of time before Ted's mouth got him in trouble. There is no room in our society for such hatred. If an unknown individual made these statements they could find themselves in jail. Unfortunately because our society has different sets of rules for the rich and famous Mr. Nugent will likely remain at large.

    April 19, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  13. FactChecker

    Just read a report on North Korea and how they are talking crazy - imagined insults and threats everywhere that they have to avenge. They talk a lot like Ted Nugent.

    April 19, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  14. Fan

    Yeah, Ted's a real threat. He's more American than the president.

    April 19, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  15. 2tor

    He's just saying what a whole lot of people feel. If the left don't like it, they better realize how bad they've divided America with their self-righteous childishness!

    April 19, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  16. blairablair

    Why don't they interview obama and find out why Ted Nugent is "alluding to violence against" HIM (Ted) if obama gets reelected. That is what he said.

    April 19, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
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