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. NameFrank

    He needs to be arrested .

    April 18, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  2. insight iowa

    He needs more then investigated... he needs meds and a head doctor. What about that Senator who basically threatened Obama with a verse from the Bible and passed it around email to all his GOP partners a few months back? Why was he never investigated or removed from office? Strange!! Is it because he said he was sorry and didn't mean it?

    April 18, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. Sam

    The Far Right is dangerous for America, for the World, and for Mankind as a whole!

    April 18, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. Squigman

    Good. And boycott all products, venues, recordings and shows attended by Nugent.

    April 18, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  5. 23 from Texas

    What he said is not acceptable in any way. I don’t think there is anything that can be done legally to punish him, but the NRA should severe ties with him, and not allow him to speak on their behalf ever again. I am a card carrying member of the NRA, and do not support Mr. Nugent’s comment and think it should not be tolerated.

    April 18, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  6. Bill Chapline

    since the courts have postponed texas primary elections till we cannot have a voice and it no longer matters what coservitives think I suggest we write in Ted Nugent for president to show our displeasure with Obama, The courts interferance and to support for free speech

    April 18, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  7. angel eyes

    It's no wonder the Americans are the only one in this planet still believe they are number one in the world and a super power...they need to clean up their act and this type of vile Americans already killed any kind of respect the world can give..don't worry Mr. Nugent, once the real super powers of this world take away more of your power, people like you will destroy whatever that is left of the US. You have no love for your follow countryman and your hatred is what is destroying America....your President has the respect of other countries..too bad someone so intelligent has to be the President of the dumbest country in this planet.

    April 18, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. cody

    Watch out Nugent. They may label you as a terrorist and assassinate you.

    April 18, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. matt

    Ted is a great American. The secret service should be investigating Louis Farrahkan and his ACTUAL threat to kill "black leaders"

    April 18, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. Iamnotfooled

    You have Nuts like this on your board and you wonder why people don't trust the NRA? No one is trying to take your guns away, but some good common sense laws should be enacted. This is NOT the role model you need. Just the opposite.

    April 18, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. Bob Heflin

    Nugent is yet another has been moron-

    April 18, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  12. tuma

    What a joke of a man/musician. I am a gun owner and he is the last person I want advocating for my 2nd amendment rights.

    April 18, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  13. stevetall

    Hey, Ted's a tough guy. I used to enjoy his wild rock and roll style, but he really needs to tone it down a bit. Maybe an interview with the Secret Service and a rubber hose would remind him to cool it. Nobody needs to be spewing that crap, and he's been doing it for a long time now. Grow up, Teddy!

    April 18, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  14. Pat

    Freedom of speech... it doesn't apply to threats of violence. In some ways this *could* be taken as a threat against the president, so the Secret Service does have every right to question him. Simple as that. It's not fascism, and not about politics, it's about safety. Clean and simple.

    April 18, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  15. sqeptiq

    Mitt tries to stand on both sides of every fence. In the last 15 years he's been for and against everything under the sun.

    April 18, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  16. Kevin

    As I recall from the 80s, Nugent's claim to fame is that he seemed like a whacko drug addict who actually didn't do drugs or drink alcohol.

    It's funny how the Republicans have, for years, whacked at liberals for their love of Hollywood types, but they (the Republicans) will grasp at any "celebrity" they can get their hands on.

    April 18, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  17. bad2worse

    They probably want him to join!

    April 18, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  18. Drugs Killed...

    Ted's brain. Now he has no good or common sense left. He's went off the deep end! Sad!

    April 18, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  19. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    His comments are boarder line threat. It can be seen as a threat to Obama or a possible stupid stunt. As he said that he would either be dead or in jail. His lifestyle could be hard on his health which could be the death part. The jail part isn't hard either - drunk driving, drug possesion or other option. The list could go on.

    April 18, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  20. Chad

    Boy, would I like to be a fly on the wall for that one tomorrow !!!

    April 18, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. Mahan

    Ted may have raised the hackles of the SS (Secret Service), but he calls them as he sees them. Someone with press attention needs to question this administration. They have ran unchecked for too long.

    April 18, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  22. sam lopez

    Go Ted...I don't know if he will be dead or in prison if Obama is re-elected, but our country will turn to more crap. Remember the old question, Are you better off than you were 4 years ago? Term limits to ALL government. It was never meant to be a profession.

    April 18, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  23. 1twinsfan

    The real crime is Nugent pretending he's a rock legend.

    April 18, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  24. onlyonecher

    I think someone needs to put Ted in a "stranglehold". What a smuck!

    April 18, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  25. Jeff

    Just another reason for me to vote for Obama then.

    April 18, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
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