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. Thomas

    Mit Romney = Ted Nugent / Kid Rock / Republican

    Barack Obama = Bruce Springsteen / Al Green / Democrat

    Need anything more be said regarding one parties taste in music !

    April 18, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  2. Dave

    Ted, the US is about equality, we won't be there until everyone is broke, sorry about your wallet.

    April 18, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  3. guesswho22

    Has been Ted needs to tone down his anti-black and anti-Obama rhetoric. He knows that he is making a threat to the life of the President to be heard by all conservative, gun-slinging crazies that listen to his putrid music. Its like yelling "fire" in a movie theatre. He's hoping someone will do his dirty work for him, that's his real intent. I hope he gets detained under the Patriot Act, which Bush and Cheney devised, in Guantanamo for about 20 years. He won't have too many friends to play with there... they are all a different color than him unfortunately

    April 18, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. GoAWay

    He needs to be deported to Burma or incarcerated. Another idiot like him carrying guns is the last thing this country needs.

    April 18, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  5. daneke

    Just like the fictional Naz1s in Germany. The problem is what you heard about WWII is a lie and all Germans wore a cross on the uniform.

    April 18, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. Veritas

    Firstly, before Ted Nugent talked about "being dead or in jail by this time next year" he was speaking about the Supreme Court eroding our Second Amendment rights with the approval of the administration; so Ted meant he would fight to defend his 2nd Amendment rights when the government comes to take his guns away, which they'll eventually do. That's what he meant when he said "dead or in jail". No threat to the President at all.

    Second, the comment about "cleaning house" is an allusion to comments he made at the beginning of his speech where he encouraged everyone there to find "dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of people you know to VOTE FOR MITT ROMNEY IN NOVEMBER." How is that a threat?

    There was NOTHING violent in anything he said. Once again, the media is taking sound clips out of context to create a controversy. Anything to prop up this failing President. Oops, don't call the Secret Service on me now, CNN!!

    April 18, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  7. Ant

    I hope every body remember what happen to the congress woman in Arizona after Palin word "reload", "cross hair". When you've a lot of follower you've to use you lutle carefully.

    April 18, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  8. Come on

    Come on...really? Maybe Obama should invite Ted to the White House for a beer if can find a moment off the golf course. So when Obama doesn't like what is said, he puts pressure on the subject like he did in Florida, Texas and Arizona. Obama family vacations costing taxpayers millions and the hypocrite questions the GSA. I wonder if they still teach kids to think for themselves? I wish people could see the dictator this guy is becoming and making whispers to Russia. Why is he not investigated by the Secret Service.

    April 18, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  9. Can we muzzle him yet?

    Nugent is now and has always been a nut case. Whoever is taking advice from him is equally as crazy or stupid.

    April 18, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  10. JustSayNoToCONArtists

    That would be hilarious if he left the interview in handcuffs.

    April 18, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Thank you Ted – can't wait for the next administration.

    April 18, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  12. rickinmo

    Ted Nugent supports Romney? To comment–that says it all !!!!!

    April 18, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  13. William Pearce

    The great Ted Nugent has decayed into a hateful, delusional bigot that will say anything to remain in the spotlight. He's just craving attention, like many has-been rockers. The past is gone, Nuge- try to show some grace and dignity as you fade from the scene instead of giving us evidence we need to correct your medication. Hate and arrogance never really accomplish anything. You should know that by now.

    April 18, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  14. mike

    I've long hoped that a one-hit wonder boy like Nugent would go too far. While I wish him and his family no harm, I often wonder what would happen if an armed person snuck into his home. Would he really have time to find the ammunition, find a gun, load a gun, and find the person before something bad happened ? I doubt it. Best thing to do is to phone the police, and sneak out of the house.
    Best of luck, Ted. Threatening the President is a serious offence.

    April 18, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  15. OpKode

    Seems like the Secret Service would have better things to do than interview Gonzo. Say, maybe advance scouting brothels for the next POTUS trip?

    April 18, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  16. Leo Panetta

    Ted Nugent = Your brain on drugs

    April 18, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  17. j

    Yep, the conservative nut jobs in this country are in their final death throes. The rattle is near, reap it cowards.

    April 18, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  18. Beverly - NYC

    "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,"
    Big talk from a scared little man, BTW Ted Barack Obama is President right now so why aren't you dead or in jail?
    Enjoy your chat with the Secret Service, be sure to mouth off while reaching for an NRA sponsored item.s.

    April 18, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  19. michael

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, This is all you got to see, everything is a racist or threatening remark unless of course it is not against a lib. Any person with really any sense can plainly see that he was talking about getting everyone around you to vote the present administration out of office, in my opinion everyone on both sides of the aisle need to be voted (look folks VOTED) out of office none of them care about this America except maybe people like Ted and others who are tired of all the socialism of this once great America–Stand up TED and shout it out. OOPS better get ready for my interview,

    April 18, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  20. Steve

    Memo to Secret Service, you cannot fix stupid. Let him be – he's no threat – just a lot of hot air.

    April 18, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  21. scott

    Nuggent is a Has Been 3rd rate musician trying desperately to be relevent..........he is not. He should stick to playing corner bars and remembering how he just never quite made the cut of Rock Greats.

    April 18, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  22. Another Detroiter

    GO TED NUGENT. Just one guy who is willing to stand up and speak out against a government which many see as untrusted, and unfriendly to the very country they pledged to protect, uphold and honor. Seems people these days – especially "liberals" do not want to question anything anymore. Which used to be the mantra of the Democrats in decades past. In fact, today's Dems are a lot like the "you cannot question us or the government" Republicans of the 80s whom I disliked. What happened to "America", land of "the free"?

    April 18, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  23. John T.

    Hey Ted. While I admit Stranglehold is a masterpiece, you can be a musician or pundit. Pick one.

    April 18, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  24. AgrippaMT

    Let's all hope Ted Nugent will be the next rocker to die of a drug overdose. He has plenty of moral exemplars in his line of work.

    April 18, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  25. Tex71

    Remember the Dixie Chicks? You know, the hugely popular up-and-coming country stars who dared to criticize Bush & Cheney, and nobody ever talks about anymore?
    They didn't threaten anybody. Nugent himself said he was "serious as a heart attack" about being either dead or in prison within a year IF THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA IS RE-ELECTED.
    It would be difficult to make a threat in clearer terms. Nugent should be arrested for conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States. Charges probably won't stick but it should make a much-needed example.

    April 18, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
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