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. Milhous

    I'm a gun owner and an avid hunter who does not aspouse the radical rhetoric of the NRA. For Ted to stand up as a representative of the NRA and spew his threats on the president's life and the lives of his cohorts, without the denunciation of that organization, is reprehensible. I say take him to Guantonamo and let him rot there with rest of the terrorists who hate America and what it really stands for.

    April 19, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  2. snowdogg

    This guy is a Reich-wing icon... meaning a loose cannon and not to be trusted.

    April 19, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  3. red

    'way to sway the gun-control opinion, einstein

    April 19, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |

    Ted Nougat is a nut. He's got very little talent as a musician,.. and absolutely no decency as a human being. Wearing a cowboy hat, and stroking a gun, doesn't make you tough,.. in fact Ted is a cowardly draft dodger.

    April 19, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  5. JL. Taylor

    Mr. Nugent talks real brave surounded by alll of his NRA friends. This coward hid
    when going to Nam was a choice,

    April 19, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  6. fandancy

    Nugent on Glen Beck's show. Now there's quite a pair. Good luck to the Secret Service getting anything intelligent from someone with no intelligence.

    April 19, 2012 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  7. Michael J.

    "The official said Secret Service policy is to acknowledge every American's right to free speech while still determining an individual's intent."

    Sounds and smells authoritarian to me. Give 'em hell, Ted!

    April 19, 2012 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  8. Robert Zimmerman

    First to comment! w00t w00t. Yeah, so... I liked Ted Nugent in Beer for My Horses, but he sounds like a nut in real life. Uncool, imho.

    April 19, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  9. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    Two popular songs from the 70's and now this dork's a force for the rightwing. I think Goldfinger says it all in FTN: "chauvinistic Republican, kills animals, forgot how to write song".

    April 19, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  10. kafantaris2

    Mitt Romney found his running mate: Ted Nugent.

    April 19, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  11. JimM

    This guys a real wacko, he's a washout lousy musician, I hope the secret service comes down hard on this Nazi's threats!

    April 19, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  12. FstEti

    So, just for the sake of clarification, Ted Nugent, a very public figure, needs to be visited by the Secret Service because he is calling for a change in November's election, but the New Black Panther's bounty for George Zimmerman "dead or alive" a couple of weeks ago didn't even raise an eyebrow at the Justice Department? Apparently, they weren't alluding to violence against Mr Zimmerman.

    April 19, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  13. MikeyNYC

    So now Ted Nugent is a potential presidential assassin? What type of imbecile does it take to actually believe that Ted Nugent's comments are somehow a veiled threat to do bodily harm to the president? No wonder our government is in the toilet! This is a fine example of a massive waste of time and money which could be put to much better use.

    April 19, 2012 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  14. ally buster

    Nugent is a fool, and he probably deserves to be jailed. REALLY though, the real reason he says anything at all is simply to remain relevant.

    He isn't-

    April 19, 2012 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  15. thomas

    Tweet of the week from Tagg Romney,

    Ted Nugent endorsed my Dad today. Ted Nugent? How cool is that?! He joins Kid Rock as great Detroit musicians on team Mitt!

    Tagg Romney who avoided voluntary military service during Americas longest wars , " how cool is that " ?

    April 19, 2012 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  16. J

    That guy has some cool music. like his hunting and meat eating. He should have kept his political views to himself. He has so many good qualities but this extremism makes him look like a loser.

    April 19, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  17. FedUp2

    Backstage huh? Guess he can just hook them up and everything will be OK. They won't even have to pay!

    April 19, 2012 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  18. Rod C. Venger

    The US Secret Service has lost the moral authority to make any sort of judgement on this. Legal authority...that's another matter. But dictatorships have legal authority too. It's meaningless.

    April 19, 2012 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  19. Jonesey

    I used to like "the Nuge," but he's simpy gone Wango Tango.

    April 19, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  20. MaryM

    Put this crazy person away until after the elections

    April 19, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  21. Grumpy Old Lady

    I have never heard of a celebrity who has spoken with such hatred and veiled wishes for an American president to basically be dead. I've only heard it from "crazy people." If he isn't "crazy," I don't know what is. Sadly, he gets media attention and is popular with many right wingers. I wonder how many others out there are getting the feeling I am that something awful is going to happen.

    April 19, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  22. Doug

    I believe the "Motor City Madman" would make a fine Secret Service Agent........ oh wait, that's not why they are interviewing him?!

    April 19, 2012 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  23. Max in AZ

    The GOP at it's best.

    April 19, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  24. Jt_flyer

    As if being a hack hair-band rocker makes him anything but talentless.

    April 19, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  25. Shifter

    Please die and go away Ted. America will thank you for it.

    April 19, 2012 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
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