Musician and activist Ted Nugent sat down with CBS’ Jeff Glor for his first on-camera interview since his talks with the Secret Service over comments he’d made about President Barack Obama at the National Rifle Association’s recent conference in St. Louis.
Chatting at his Texas ranch, Nugent told Glor he wasn’t surprised that the Secret Service called “in this environment.” His response to them? “Bring it.” He added that he felt bad for liberals who could be so “brain dead” as to turn what was a “clear statement of fear” on his part into a threat.
Nugent shared that he’d told the Secret Service during their talk (which lasted so long, he explained, because he’s been “so open”) that they were doing their professional duty and following orders, even though they should be investigating their bosses:
I don’t think their concern was that I threatened someone. I think their concern is that someone claimed I threatened someone. In fact, I got to tell you, and I don’t mean to put any professionals on the spot, but — and I don’t have the greatest hearing in the world — but I thought I heard something to the point of, “I didn’t think so.”
He described the meeting as “adorable,” with both the agents and himself having acted “perfectly.”
Glor then asked Nugent whether he’d spoken to Mitt Romney‘s campaign — the candidate he has publicly endorsed — since the incident. He said he had, and that he’d told them “I have to say what I say the way I say it.”
“I’m pretty moderate,” he told Glor.
He went on:
Call me when you sit down across from someone who has more families with dying little boys and girls who get a call to take them on their last fishing trip in life. Call me when you [bleep] meet someone who does that more than I do. Because that’s really moderate. In fact, you know what that is? That’s extreme. I’m an extremely loving, passionate man and people who investigate me honestly, without the baggage of political correctness, ascertain the conclusion that I’m a damn nice guy. If can you find a screening process more powerful than that, I’ll [bleep]. Or [bleep]. How’s that sound?
Glor explained that the latter part of Nugent’s statement had been direct toward a female producer, Molly, who has off-camera during the interview. He adds that Nugent called him to share he’d had a kidney stone removed shortly after their interview, and that this might have contributed to his “high level of energy.”
Watch, via CBS:
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