Ted Nugent gets call from Secret Service over violent election remarks
Nugent, who told the gun rights group last week that he would be 'dead or in jail' next year if Obama is re-elected in November, appeared on conservative radio host Glenn Beck's show on Wednesday.
Ted¬†Nugent¬†said on Wednesday that the¬†U.S. Secret Service¬†has arranged to meet with him after the rock musician severely criticized President¬†Barack Obama¬†during the¬†National Rifle Association¬†convention last week.
Nugent, who told the gun rights group last week that he would be "dead or in jail" next year if Obama is re-elected in November, appeared on conservative radio host¬†Glenn Beck's show on Wednesday.
He was asked if he had heard from the¬†Secret Service.
"We actually have heard from the¬†Secret Service, and they have a duty, and I salute them. I support them and I'm looking forward to our meeting tomorrow,"¬†Nugent¬†said on Beck's show.
"I'm sure it will be a fine gathering backstage in¬†Oklahoma,"¬†Nugent¬†said.
The 63-year-old¬†Nugent¬†is set to perform in¬†Ardmore,¬†Oklahoma, on Thursday.
Nugent, the singer of such 1970s hit songs as "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Motor City Madhouse," is a longtime advocate for gun rights and in recent years he has campaigned for conservative politicians and causes.
A¬†Secret Service¬†spokesman declined to directly address whether the federal agency tasked with protecting the president would be meeting with¬†Nugent.
"We are aware of the incident with¬†Ted¬†Nugent, and we are conducting appropriate follow-up," said spokesman¬†Brian Leary¬†in a statement. "We recognize an individual's right to freedom of speech but we also have a responsibility to determine and investigate intent."
Republican presidential candidate¬†Mitt Romney¬†also made a high-profile appearance and speech at the NRA convention attended by¬†Nugent, who has endorsed Romney.
Nugent's comments last week at the NRA convention were seized on by the¬†Democratic National Committee¬†(DNC), in a fundraising email on Monday.
U.S. Representative¬†Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the DNC, said at the time, "threatening violence -- or whatever it is that¬†Nugent's threatening -- is clearly beyond the pale."
In other comments at the convention in¬†St. Louis¬†last week,¬†Nugent¬†aimed his barbs at other officials in Obama's administration.
"We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November,"¬†Nugent¬†said at the convention.
A spokesman for¬†Nugent¬†could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
But in his appearance on Beck's radio show,¬†Nugent¬†said he was not calling for violence.
"Every reference I made, whether it's a shot across the bow or targeting the enemy, it always ended the sentence with 'in November at the voter booth,'"¬†Nugent¬†told Beck.
Following¬†Nugent's comments last week, a Romney spokeswoman said the candidate believes "everyone needs to be civil," but stopped short of condemning¬†Nugent.