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In the latest battle in the ongoing war over public gaffes made by tangential campaign surrogates, Democrats are demanding that Mitt Romney denounce the support of rocker and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent after he made inflamatory, violent remarks about the party and the President at this past weekend’s National Rifle Association convention.
“Mitt Romney surrogate Ted Nugent made offensive comments about President Obama and November’s elections this weekend that are despicable, deplorable and completely beyond the pale,” DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. “He called the Administration ‘vile’, ‘evil’ and ‘America-hating’, and said much worse. Yet what have we heard from Mitt Romney and the Republican Party, who should be outraged that someone representing them is using language like this to make a political point? Absolutely nothing.”
During an interview heard by attendees of the convention, Nugent told Republican attendees to rally thousands of votes for Romney and then “ride into that battlefield and chop [Democrats’] heads off in November,” and then compared the Obama administration to couch-peeing coyotes who must be shot.
He also accused President Obama of “wiping his ass with the constitution,” and dismissed the entire executive branch as criminals.
Now, the Secret Service is said to be looking in to Nugent’s threats.
Back in March, Romney was said to have aggressively pursued Nugent’s support, pledging not to pass any new laws restricting usage and ownership of firearms.
Nugent would end up endorsing Romney, somewhat tepidly, with a Twitter announcement.
“After a long heart&soul conversation with Mitt Romney today I concluded this goodman will properly represent we the people & I endorsed him,” he wrote.
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