Updated 1:50 p.m. PT: Reuters reports that Mitt Romney's campaign was calling for civility on Tuesday after Ted Nugent's comments before an audience of U.S. gun lobbyists. The Democratic National Committee seized on Nugent's remarks on Monday night in a fundraising email, pointing out how Nugent has endorsed Romney for president.
"Threatening violence -- or whatever it is that Nugent's threatening -- is clearly beyond the pale, but Nugent's not the one running for president," said U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the DNC. "The question is: Does Romney agree with him? Right now, we don't know."
Andrea Saul, Romney's spokeswoman, did not condemn Nugent in an email on Tuesday but said Romney wants to promote civility.
"Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from. Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil," she said.
Reuters says the DNC noted that Romney had not responded to Nugent's remarks despite the endorsement he received from him last month. It also circulated video of Romney saying on a radio show, "It's been fun getting to know Ted Nugent."
Original story: Rocker and noted gun enthusiast Ted Nugent is stirring up attention over comments he made about President Obama and his administration at a National Rifle Association conference in St. Louis over the weekend.
As the website Right Wing Watch reports, Nugent called Obama a criminal and denounced his "vile, evil, America-hating administration" which is "wiping its ass with the Constitution."
He went on to say, "If Barack Obama becomes the President in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year." Nugent, who has already endorsed Mitt Romney for president, urged each person to get a "couple of thousand" people to cast their ballot for the presumptive Republican challenger.
"If you can’t galvanize and promote and recruit people to vote for Mitt Romney, we're done," Nugent said. "We'll be a suburb of Indonesia next year. Our president, attorney general, our vice president, Hillary Clinton -- they're criminals, they're criminals."
New York magazine's Daily Intel blog reports that a Secret Service spokesman told them, "We are aware of it and we'll conduct an appropriate follow up" regarding Nugent's comments.
Nugent also ripped into four of the Supreme Court justices for what he says is their stance against Americans' "right to keep and bear arms." He concluded with a call to cut off the heads of Democrats in November: "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?" Check out the video:
Nugent, 62, is a longtime hunting and gun rights advocate, a reality TV star and an outspoken conservative who hasn't been shy about his dislike for the president. Once known as the Motor City Madman, his 1980 song "Wango Tango" is seventh on Guitar World's list of 100 Worst Guitar Solos. And, in the interest of rock objectivity, his song "Stranglehold" is notched at No. 31 on the mag's list of 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
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