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“He’s talked about it before,” Shemane Nugent said. “But this time he seems more serious."

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 StockmanStephen (Steve) Ernest StockmanConsequential GOP class of 1994 all but disappears Former aide sentenced for helping ex-congressman in fraud scheme Former congressman sentenced to 10 years in prison for campaign finance scheme 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 Diane Rodham ClintonThe two infectious diseases spreading across America Former Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report Sanders exit leaves deep disappointment on left MORE and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Zoom, grocery delivery, self-isolation: How lawmakers are surviving coronavirus COVID-19 and the coming corruption pandemic 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.”