Last month, the U.S. Secret Service met with right wing gun advocate and National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent after he made what many interpreted to be threatening remarks toward President Obama. “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” he said at the NRA’s annual conference in St. Louis.
Nugent endorsed Mitt Romney for president. And while the Secret Service thought Nugent’s remarks warranted a chat, the Romney campaign didn’t directly condemn his remarks. Instead, a campaign spokesperson derided “divisive language” in a general sense, adding that “Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil.” In fact, in an interview with CBS News that aired this morning, Nugent said the Romney campaign “expressed support” and never advised that he tone down his rhetoric:
Q: Have you heard from the Romney campaign after these comments? NUGENT: I have. Q: And? NUGENT: I have to say what I say the way I say it. Q: Were they unhappy with you for saying that? NUGENT: No. They expressed support. Q: Did they say to you, “Listen we appreciate the support, tone it down.” NUGENT: Nope.
Watch the interview (video of highlighted transcript begins at 4:04):
The Romney campaign may have offered support for Nugent and his remarks, but it seems the NRA wasn’t too comfortable with them. The powerful gun lobby on its YouTube page took down the video of the interview in which Nugent claimed he’d either be dead or in jail if Obama is reelected.