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Truth Meter: Romney Camp is Lying About Nugent

Ted Nugent and Mitt Romney

D&DH Editor Dan Schmidt was on the phone with Ted Nugent on March 2 when Mitt Romney called Nugent to ask him for his support in his GOP nomination campaign.

by Daniel E. Schmidt

It came in like a lion. And now it appears to be going out like a liar.

The day was March 2 here in little Iola, Wis., and it was cold and blustery outside. I really wanted to go for a run, but decided to go for a hot cup of soup and lunch at our local cafe. The idea was good enough that it helped me attract two of my colleagues. We had barely settled in at a corner table when my cell phone started buzzing.

It was Ted Nugent, and he was returning my call on a Deer & Deer Hunting matter. I was hoping to interview him for a few minutes, but our call was abruptly interrupted by the telltale “bling!” sound of his call-waiting.

“Dan, I gotta go. Call you back in a few minutes,” Nugent said.

I figured I wouldn’t hear back from him until later in the day, so we all went ahead and ordered our lunches. The food came rather quickly, and we didn’t hesitate to dive in.

Before long, my phone started buzzing again.

“Dan! You won’t believe who that was,” Nugent blurted out before I could even say “hello.”

“It was Mitt Romney, and he called me to ask me if he could count on my support.

“I just got off the phone with him,” Nugent continued. “And I told him, Mitt, I can’t endorse you unless you can promise that there will be no more insane gun restrictions … no more insane ammo restrictions … no more Second Amendment restrictions. I said you also have to vow to reign in the Gestapo-like raids being conducted by the US Fish & Wildlife Service and other game agencies on honest, law-abiding, workin’ hard, playin’ hard Americans.

“He told me, ‘Yes, I vow’ and I told him that I would then support him.”

Thinking it was pretty cool that I was the first media member to learn about the Nugent/Romney connection, I hurried back to the office to write a blog post on it.

Fast forward to yesterday, April 18. A few days removed from his inflammatory comments at the NRA convention, Nugent is again a marked man. For merely speaking his mind, he has drawn the ire of haters and has one-time supporters conveniently distancing themselves from his so-called “toxic message.”

One of those is presidential hopeful Romney (R). In a statement issued yesterday, Romney’s campaign denies that he ever reached out to Nugent for his support. Romney himself also took steps to push Nugent away from his campaign.

“Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from,” Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul told Talking Points Memo. “Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil.”

Divisive or not, Romney knew full well what he was getting when he reached out to Nugent on March 2.

To turn away from him is one thing. To lie about it is completely something else.



4 thoughts on “Truth Meter: Romney Camp is Lying About Nugent

  1. sarge22853

    It is just too bad that Ted Nugent is correct, he simply does not abide by today’s politically correct speech standards, aww gee gosh golly wow. Ya think he hurt somebody’s feelings? GOOD, keep it up to wake em up …………….

  2. clfenimore

    Well I didn’t vote for any Democrat including Obama not because of whom or what he is. I think for some it’s more about race. I’m a member of the young Republicans and normally vote as such. I have to say though if Mitt Romney Mormon Missionary is our only choice to beat Obama we can just throw in the towel now and save ourselves allot of time and trouble. I have never missed voting in any election since 1976 when I turned 18 and not all past republican candidates have been the best candidate in my opinion but please give me a break can you honestly see this man as leader of the United States. Just look at the records he just doesn’t have what it takes to lead fairly. Look for more corporate funding on our dime, breaks for the rich and less for common citizens if Romney gets elected. Let’s just write in for Clint Eastwood and Chuck Norris they would be better candidates than Obama and Romney “Not kidding”

    1. Everyday Hunter

      For a minute there when you said, “please give me a break can you honestly see this man as leader of the United States. Just look at the records he just doesn’t have what it takes to lead fairly. Look for more corporate funding on our dime, breaks for the rich and less for common citizens…” I thought you were talking about O’bama.

      Romney lied. Maybe we can all agree on that. But it seems to me that if you decide not to vote, or write in Chuck Norris, you’re just helping another liar win the election.

      Don’t get me wrong. I care that politicians lie. But I also care about the direction this country is going, and it has to change. The next four years will bring some changes to the Supreme Court, and I fear we won’t recognize our country if O’bama gets to seat more of his cronies there.

  3. stanlh

    The Romney camp responded to Democrats who demanded he renounce Nuge’s words with a watered down indirect comment about civil speak. I am totaly ok with that. That is politics. The Romney campaign did not throw Nuge under the bus in that regard. A campaign has to do things like this in order to get elected and we desperately need to get the current administration out of office.
    I am not disputing your claim that Rommey asked for endorsement then his campaign unclaimed it, but I am not disturbed by that. Again, that is politics. Too bad it has to be that way, but it is. If it gets Romney elected and Obama out then I am all for it.

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