Ted Nugent endorses Mitt Romney for president, prefers Rick Perry
Ted Nugent, a rock singer and guitarist known for his conservative viewsn says he is supporting Republican candidate and fellow Michigan native Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.
"After a long heart and soul conversation with Mitt Romney today I concluded this good man will properly represent we the people and I endorsed him," Nugent Tweeted on Friday, March 2.
The former Damn Yankees band guitarist told The Texas Tribune that he would have rather backed Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry, who ended his presidential big in January amid declining poll numbers and a series of debate mishaps.
"If the real Rick Perry had been at those debates, he would still be in the race," Nugent told the newspaper. "It is my firm belief that Rick Perry would have [made] and would make the best president we could choose."
The outspoken rocker has backed Perry for years. The two appeared in a 2005 ad to show their support for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2007, he performed at a black tie gala to celebrate the launch of Perry's second term as Texas governor. Nugent appeared onstage wearing a cut-off T-shirt emblazoned with the Confederate flag and used machine guns as props. Witnesses said he shouted offensive remarks about non-English speakers.
Nugent also performed at a campaign rally for the governor in Texas in 2010. Republican former Alaska governor Sarah Palin also attended. She and the rocker also met up again that year to support Senate candidate and Republican John Raese at another event.
Nugent had defended Palin after the animal rights group PETA slammed her for shooting a caribou on her short-lived TLC reality show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," adding that hunting is "perfect."
Nugent has spoken out against President Barack Obama many times. He once called the Democratic leader a "clueless, rookie president" in scathing op-ed published in The Washington Times in 2010 after a Supreme Court 5-4 ruling that had extended the Second Amendment to states and cities and ahead of the Fourth of July holiday to celebrate the U.S.'s independence.
He echoed his dissatisfaction with Obama in a Twitter message on Jan. 24, 2012.
"This president is the most deceitful lying dishonest smoke and mirrors punk the world has ever known," he said. "Who is falling for this crap? God help us."
(Pictured: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, speaks at a campaign event in Fargo, North Dakota, on March 1, 2012. / Ted Nugent addresses a seminar at the National Rifle Association's 140th convention in Pittsburgh on May 1, 2011. Credit: AP / Gerald Herbert / Gene J. Puska)