By Justin Sink
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 StockmanCruz will skip State of the Union Ethics: Lawmakers didn’t ‘knowingly’ break rules with Azerbaijan gifts Lawmakers deny knowledge of secret funding for 2013 trip 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 ClintonPennsylvania GOP senator on collision course with Trump Clinton on Sanders: 'There comes a time where you have to look at the reality' Poll: Clinton, Sanders in statistical tie in Indiana MORE and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinIntel leaders push controversial encryption draft Democrats block energy spending bill over Iran amendment Durbin: Iran amendment could kill energy bill 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.”