Ted Nugent apologizes to Obama

February 21, 2014

After a little more than 24 hours of controversy, Ted Nugent has apologized to President Obama for his comment that the president is a "subhuman mongrel."

The conservative rocker's month-old comments became an issue as he campaigned with Texas gubernatorial hopeful and state Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) this week.

CNN spotted Nugent's apology:

"I do apologize – not necessarily to the President – but on behalf of much better men than myself," he said in an interview with conservative radio host Ben Ferguson, who's also a CNN political commentator.

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Nugent said he apologizes "for using the streetfighter terminology of 'subhuman mongrel' instead of just using more understandable language, such as 'violator of his oath to the Constitution'."

In his apology, Nugent appeared to regret more the fact that his language has been tied to Republican politicians from his state, such as Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz.

"I apologize for using the term," he said. "I will try to elevate my vernacular to the level of those great men that I'm learning from in the world of politics."

Later on in the interview – after some people on Twitter argued Nugent's comments weren't a real apology – Ferguson asked Nugent if he was directly apologizing to the President for the comments.

"Yes," Nugent replied.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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Aaron Blake · February 21, 2014