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AUSTIN, Texas — Ted Nugent has apologized for calling President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel," attempting to defuse a political flap engulfing Texas' governor's race.

Nugent was quoted last month as calling the president a "subhuman mongrel." But appearing Friday on WBAP Radio in Dallas, he said, "I apologize for using the street fight terminology of subhuman mongrel."

The musician said he should have called Obama "violator of his Constitution, the liar that he is." He said the president lied about the health-care law.

Nugent has campaigned with Attorney General Greg Abbott, now the gubernatorial front-runner. But Abbott sidestepped questions about Nugent's previous comments — sparking criticism. Abbott said in a statement Friday that Nugent's comment was "not the kind of language I would use or endorse in any way." He said he believed Nugent recognized his language was wrong.

Nugent apologized earlier Friday after Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky disavowed the remark.

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  • LevyRat
    February 21, 2014 at 4:27 p.m.

    Does anyone take Ted Nugent seriously?

    OK, I forgot about dim wits like Rachel Maddow, but I meant real people.

  • Duhig
    February 21, 2014 at 5:04 p.m.

    So why did Abbottcwant him to speak at his event.

    Plus some local yokel calling Rachel Maddow a dimwit...heat disagree with her, but she is a PhD and a Rhodes scholar

    Finally, were he not rich, Nuggent would have been in jail for his comments 2012

  • FarmBoy
    February 21, 2014 at 5:16 p.m.

    Tell it like it is. HA HA HA Way to go.

    February 21, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

    Ted No-Nuts Nugent wore pants he had shat in for days before showing up at his draft board meeting so he could avoid military service in Vietnam. It worked and he dodged the draft choosing to let braver men go in his place. He is the lowest scum on earth and shouldn't even be allowed to speak to honorable people. He prances around waving his guns and bows acting like Mr. Super Patriot/Outdoor God when in reality he is a pathetic little worm that would drown in his own piss if he was ever in a real fight.

  • AmericasDoomed
    February 21, 2014 at 7:11 p.m.

    Ole Ted just doesn't have a muffler on his mouth, much like myself. We often speak the truth.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    February 21, 2014 at 7:22 p.m.

    amisdoomed ...... a ted wanta be, but can't be. Ted Nugent is a PooCee. He like to shoot things that don't shoot back and the GOP props up this yellow streak as&hole. Just Google "Ted Nugent jailbait" to see what he thinks about your 13 year old daughters. amisdoomed says he is just like Ted.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    February 21, 2014 at 7:25 p.m.

    Conservative women you better know everything about him before you support him and/or the people that campaign with him. He told his ex wife to "Go suck my machine gun". This guy is a sick POS period.

  • RaylanGivens
    February 21, 2014 at 7:42 p.m.

    I think Ted may have mad cow disease from eating all of the meat he kills.
    Billsmith-when people go hunting which of the animals/waterfowl are armed? I need to know because I haven't hunted in probably 20 years and need to know who will be shooting back
    BTW the best Far Side cartoon ever is the duck blind with the ducks in it with guns inside a hunters' living room as he heads to the kitchen at midnight for a snack.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    February 21, 2014 at 7:52 p.m.

    JessiePinkman ...... The Viet Cong shot back during the Vietnam War, as Ted Nugent was showing up at the draft board with sh*it in his pants, not taking a bath for a month to get out of going. Now do you want to know who shoots back, let Ted volunteer for a game of "Hunger Games" with someone with a 10mm that can shoot back.

  • RaylanGivens
    February 21, 2014 at 7:57 p.m.

    You didn't answer my question Billy; which of the animals are armed?