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. yo yo yo

    throw him in the clink

    April 19, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  2. FED up

    wouldn't that be something if Obama uses Mr Nuget as a demonstration of the new NDAA act. I hope America is paying attention. Mr Nuget is just saying what many of us are thinking and he's not wrong. Even if he were wrong he has every right as an AMERICAN to speak his mind. God help us.

    April 19, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  3. J Del

    No responses to this? Anyone hear crickets? Everyone"s scared to talk about this one?

    April 19, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  4. nolimits3333

    Nugent is a nutcase.

    April 19, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  5. Tom Jones

    Ted Nugent should not be allowed to own guns.

    April 19, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  6. OnlyOne

    Nugent will be dead or in jail if Obama's elected? Great – one more reason to ensure that Obama's re-elected, then.

    April 19, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  7. dave meccariello

    if it turns out he openly threatened the President, he should be charged

    April 19, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  8. Randy Johnson

    MotorCity Madman – how fitting

    April 19, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  9. Tom Jones

    Love his music, hate the hater.

    April 19, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  10. Anonymous

    A little bit of civility goes a long way. More people should strive for civility in the political discourse. I for one grow weary of all the smack talk.

    April 19, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  11. bigsir

    why do we have to hear from such a has been loser?

    April 19, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  12. FlotsamJetsam

    I still find it amazing that on Fox News this is a non-story. Instead they are trying to rehash the Hilary Rosen comments on Ann Romney. and better yet the fact that Bill Maher weighed in last friday night and expanded on it saying she should bother getting her a** out of the house. Somehow thinking that the $1 Million to the SuperPAC should be returned. Find it all a bit humorous because the outrage was so phony right from the start about the Hilary Rosen comment.

    Meanwhile where is the outrage over Ted Nugent by Romney?? Those comments were a lot more incendiary and violent than anything Rosen or Maher said that there is no comparison. Really amazing that there is even a shred of consistency.

    April 19, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  13. randall

    Wow, Mitt Romney runs with a dangerous crowd! He seems a bit too radical to be trusted with the power of the Presidency. Nope, he just can't be trusted with that much power, considering the violent crowd he hangs with.

    April 19, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  14. Ralph G.

    As a small government-loving conservative I am more than embarrassed by these tea party nut cases. I would say that Ted Nugent should go back to playing guitar, but unfortunately he's not very good at that either.

    April 19, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  15. Thinker

    What a jerk. The Michigan mouth gives washed up rockers a bad name.

    April 19, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  16. LoveMyCountry

    I had Mr Nugent 'liked' on Facebook until two weeks ago when he posted some anti-Obama junk. I was shocked how many nut jobs had already applauded his rant, and chose to just unlike him. I didn't care for some former presidents, but my angst was kept out of my personal life such as blogs, and the such. Unfortunately, some celebrities think they are a megaphone with their beliefs, and I'm deeply saddened Teddy is one of them.

    April 19, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  17. LBAM

    So he talks about wanting to kill the president and advocating violence. Hell! if he does there will be some people paying him a visit and he won't like the results of that engagement.

    April 19, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  18. BeverlyNC

    I hope the Secret Service locks up this lunatic who threatens violence and incites violence until after the election is over. Romney should be questioned for why he sought the endorsement of Nugent in the first place. Why would anyone want the endorsement of this gun nut who uses vile language about women and is a racist? Romney shows a serious lack of judgment and should not be let near any public office. He is a destroyer and a serial liar who is incapable of truth about anything.

    April 19, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  19. mylife55

    Consider the source...Ted isn't the brightest bulb in the pack.

    April 19, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  20. Shazaam

    "divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from."

    A backhanded statement to try and flip it around on the other side, meanwhile full of irony.

    April 19, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  21. JohnOBX

    I'd say Ted has lost his mind, but I'm not sure there was anything there to lose to begin with.

    April 19, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  22. Mike R

    You just shot your own foot off, genius

    April 19, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  23. Tom

    Can Ted Nugent be our next John Wilkes Booth? Probably not. Booth at least kept his mouth shut.

    April 19, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  24. William

    Amendment 1: Freedom of speech + Extremist Radical = Adolf Hitler, Karl Marx, Timothy Mcveigh, Osama Bin Laden, Charles Manson and 911 Terrorist. In all of the law nothing stops murder: it just gives us a remedy. Whats worst is that these people have followers. Evil exists! It just seems so counterintuitive to the Ten Commandments if he is part of the Moral Majority?

    April 19, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  25. Nuge for Pres

    Ted speaks his mind. Nothing wrong with that. He never said I'm gonna kill anyone. Cat Scratch Fever baby.

    April 19, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
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