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The Most Unusual Name on the State of the Union Guest List

By February 11, 2013

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Musician Ted Nugent performsHe isn't dead. And he isn't in jail. Rocker, gun enthusiastic and fierce Obama critic Ted Nugent has turned up instead - surprise, surprise - on a list of State of the Union guests this year.

So who invited him? Hint: It wasn't the president.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas extended the invite to Nugent. "I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama," said Stockman. "After the address I'm sure Ted will have plenty to say."

Stockman has accused President Barack Obama of waging an "unconstitutional and unconscionable attack" on the right to bear arms, and has said he would "seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment."

Obama has proposed more rigorous background checks on gun buyers and the enactment of a ban on so-called assault weapons. While many Americans supported such measures in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., gun-rights advocates voiced opposition.

Before the 2012 presidential election, Nugent suggested he was preparing to go to extreme measures to make sure Obama wasn't re-elected. "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year," Nugent said.

Nugent came under scrutiny from the Secret Service after he called the Obama administration "vile," "evil" and "America-hating."

Nugent told The New York Times he does not intend to carry his gun to the State of the Union. "I've got to demilitarize before I go," he said.

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February 12, 2013 at 1:55 am
(1) Debbie says:

It’s pathetic nugent is not behind bars for threatening our PRESIDENT, and just his ugliness of suck on a gun comment, he is a disgrace, and that idiot from texas who invited him, needs to resign.

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