Ted Nugent promises to be respectful during State of the Union

February 12, 2013
Muscician and NRA member TedNugent addresses a seminar at the National Rifle Association's 140th convention in Pittsburgh Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar Musician and NRA member Ted Nugent addresses a seminar at the National Rifle Association's 140th convention in Pittsburgh  on May 1, 2011. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Rock musician Ted Nugent, who once said he would end up "dead or in jail" if President Obama was reelected, told reporters that he will be respectful during tonight's State of the Union.

Nugent was invited by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.), who was elected last fall and has quickly become a prominent presidential antagonist. (The conservative lawmaker had some practice — he served one term in the 1990s.)

"I will remain respectful in the decorum department," Nugent told reporters. He added that he wasn't carrying any weapons: "I'm butt-naked. I've never been so naked before in all my life."

Nugent's comments about Obama, made at an April National Rifle Association convention, prompted the Secret Service to contact him.

“If Barack Obama becomes the next president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," were his words. Nugent later said he meant no harm. Asked about the remarks today, he quipped, "We got another couple of weeks to go here."

Because of those comments, Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) questioned Nugent's presence at the event. Nugent responded by calling Langevin "brain dead" and worse.

Stockman himself also promised to stay quiet, saying he would not interrupt the speech. “We’re going to respect the office and the president,” he told the Houston Chronicle. But he does plan to tweet throughout the speech @SteveStockmanTX.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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