Nugent made headlines during the 2012 election when he endorsed Mitt Romney, who reportedly tracked down Nugent at a sporting good store and pledged not to sign any laws restricting gun ownership. He also appeared at the State of the Union address last year as the guest of Rep. Steve StockmanSteve StockmanWhy Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog Cruz will skip State of the Union Ethics: Lawmakers didn’t ‘knowingly’ break rules with Azerbaijan gifts MORE (R-Texas).
But the rocker has also caused a fair share of controversy, earning a visit from the Secret Service after saying that if the president was reelected, he would be "dead or in jail." He's also used expletives to describe both former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump clamps down on federal agencies Mellman: First things first? Dems indignant as Comey keeps his job MORE and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinTrump huddles with Senate leaders ahead of Supreme Court battle Trump to announce Supreme Court pick next week Trump, Senate leaders to huddle on Supreme Court MORE (D-Calif.).
In the interview with the Post, Nugent didn't seem optimistic about his chances if he does decide to run for president.
“The Republicans can’t possibly promise more s---t than the Democrats do,” he said. “We can’t possibly offer more door prizes to the voters.”
But if he does enter the race, he could have a prominent Republican ally: former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. A former Republican presidential candidate himself, Huckabee told the Post that "if he runs, I'll go help him."
“Ted says things in public that I wouldn’t even say in private, but what people look for more than anything is authenticity,” Huckabee said. “I’m probably as strait-laced a Republican as there is, but I’d rather be around Ted Nugent, who has an absolute honesty about him, than a so-called values guy who is secretly bedding down half his staff. I think you’d be surprised at how many evangelicals respond to him.”