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Ted Nugent to attend State of the Union

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

Ted Nugent, the rock musician who was interviewed by the Secret Service last year over comments he made about Democrats and President Obama at a National Rifle Association convention, will attend the State of the Union address as the guest of Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.).

Stockman, a freshman who said last month he was willing to move to impeach Obama over executive actions taken to enhance gun laws, said in a statement that he is sure "Ted will have plenty to say" after the address.

Nugent's comments at the NRA convention last April set off a political firestorm, as Democrats highlighted his endorsement of Mitt Romney. Nugent said Republicans should "ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off" on election day, and that "If Barack Obama becomes the next president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."

The Secret Service met with Nugent a few days after his comments, and afterward said the issue had been resolved and required no further action.

Meanwhile, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has invited a fourth-grader from Newtown, Conn,. and her mother to be her guests. Many other Democrats are inviting victims of gun violence to attend.

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.



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