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Ted Nugent: "I'm stopping calling people names"

Erin Burnett highlights the reasons Ted Nugent's words have received so much attention.

Beyond being controversial, the rocker is politically vocal and highly influential. His support is seen as a big win for many GOP candidate, even those running for president.

During the 2012 election, Mitt Romney's son tweeted:

Last year, Nugent attended the State of the Union address as a guest of Texas Republican congressman Steve Stockman.

He's appeared with big name Republicans, including a performance at Texas Governor Rick Perry's 2007 inauguration.

I'm embarrassed by Ted Nugent

Nugent is also on the board of the National Rifle Association, a position voted on by some of the organization's 4 million members. He's also delivered speeches at their annual conventions.

On top of that, he's a multi-platinum selling recording artist.

The point is, Ted Nugent has a lot of ears.

He is OutFront.

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ERIN BURNETT, HOST:  Ted Nugent is finally here.  Last week, he was booked on this show.  We wanted to ask him about his now infamous comments calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel." And as you know, Nugent canceled on us.

But we still wanted to do this interview, because here's why Ted Nugent's words have gotten attention - he's politically vocal and influential.  His support is seen as a big win for many GOP candidates, even those running for president.

Here's what Mitt Romney's son Tweeted during the 2012 election.  Quote, "Ted Nugent endorsed my dad today.  Ted Nugent?  How cool is that?  He joins Kid Rock as great Detroit musicians on Team Mitt."

Nugent attended last year's State of the Union Address as guest of Texas Republican congressman, Steve Stockman.  He's appeared with many big name Republicans.  He performed at Texas Governor Rick Perry's inauguration in 2007.

He's on the board of the NRA, a position voted on by some of the organization's members, which are more than four million Americans.

He's delivered speeches at NRA annual conventions.  And, of course, all of you know him as the rocker, Ted Nugent.

He is now out front.

And, Ted, look, it's great to have you with us.

I want to get straight to this question of whether you apologized or not, right.

So you were on Ben Ferguson's radio show.  And at first, you explicitly said - I'll quote you - "I do apologize, not necessarily to the president."

People got upset on Twitter, said that wasn't a real apology.  Ben asked you again.  He said specifically, are you apologizing to the president of the United States?

You said yes.

A lot of people still say you didn't apologize.

Did you mean it?

TED NUGENT, MUSICIAN:  Erin, can you see me?

BURNETT:  I can see you, Ted.

NUGENT:  All right.  I can't see you, so I'm at a great disadvantage, because I glow and I know you do, too.

Erin, come on.  You've got this English language down really well.  I bet you understand when the question is, do you apologize and I answer yes.

You don't really have to ask that question again, do you?

BURNETT:  Well, I just wanted to know, because a lot of people felt that, you know, the first opportunity, you know, when you said, well, not necessarily to the president.  And you know a lot of people picked up on that.  So I wanted to give you the opportunity, you know, to say that you really did mean it.

But I want to ask you, because this is the question a lot of people have.  You know, I read your Twitter feed today.  And you told me, on Twitter, @erinburnett, you said, "Hey, you'd better have the view tape ready."

And I thought, what is the view tape?

And I found it, Ted.  And here's what it is.  For our viewers, this is when the president, Obama, used the word "mongrel" in the summer of 2010.  I wanted to play what he said about mongrel and what you said.

Here goes.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

NUGENT:  I have, obviously failed to galvanize and prod and have not shamed enough Americans to be every vigilant not to let a Chicago communist raised, communist educated, communist nurtured "subhuman mongrel" like the ACORN community organizer gangster, Barack Hussein Obama, to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:  And the interesting thing about the African-American experience in this country is that we are sort of a mongrel of people.  I mean we're all kind of mixed up.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE:   Yes.

OBAMA:  And now, that's actually true for white America, as well, but we just know more about it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE:  Yes.

OBAMA:  And so I'm less interested in how we label ourselves.  I'm more interested in how we treat each other.  And if we're treating each other right, then I can be African-American, I can be multi-racial, I can be you name it, what matters is, am I showing people respect, am I caring for one - for other people?

(APPLAUSE)

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BURNETT:  So what do you think, Ted?

NUGENT:  Well, number one, thank you, Erin, for playing that tape, as I requested.  And I appreciate you monitoring my Twitter account.

I think you know what I think.  I think the president is intentionally disassembling the greatest quality of life in the history of the world.  I believe that he is creating class warfare intentionally to get Americans to draw this line in the sand where I've never seen such political discourse in all my life.

And, yes, I do apologize for being part of that political discourse, because greater men than myself have advised me that that kind of street language in a volatile interview, as you played earlier, is not appropriate when we're trying to get some upgrade here in America.

But I cannot put into adequate terms the condemnation I feel and so many Americans feel, that this president's fundamental transformation of this country is, indeed, the destruction of the American dream of being compensated based on being the best that you can be.

The concept of social justice and economic equality is truly bizarro.

The president is a bad man.  I want to make sure that Americans are encouraged to be the best that they can be, not to be compensated for not even trying.  I really believe history will show that I've been right and the president and CNN was wrong.

BURNETT:  So I want to get - I want to understand, because a lot of people want to understand - and, look, I understand, you're saying now, I want to elevate the discussion.  I think a lot of people are going to say, that's great, if you started to do that.

But I want to understand why you used the word "mongrel" when you did, OK?

Because, obviously, you know, we looked around, I looked it up in the dictionary, I'm sure you have at this point, as well.  The definition is a dog of mixed or indeterminate breed.  And the only use of the word "mongrel" that I could find in common talk, because you're talking about street talk, was actually the Aryan Nation membership form, where you have to affirm - I'll quote - "I'm an employed white and Christian.  I concur that Aryan Nations is only Aryans of Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Nordic, Basque, Lombard, Celtic and Slavic origin.  I agree with Aryan Nations biblical exclusion of Jews, negroes, Mexicans, Orientals and mongrels."

That's the only use I could find of that word.

Did you mean it that way?

NUGENT:  Boy, you learn something every day.  No, I've never heard that reference before.

I'll tell you, I've been a cop in Lake County, Michigan since 1982 or thereabouts.  I conduct federal raids with the DEA and the ATF and the U.S. Marshals and the FBI and Texas Rangers and the Heroes of Law Enforcement.  And we're re-arresting fugitive felons who are let out of their cages after murdering and raping and molesting children, carjacking.

We keep going after these guys.  The adrenaline is something like you'll never experience.  I hope you never have to experience it.

But when we're done with these kinds of raids, we get together and our hearts are broken that we have to face these monsters.  And we call them "mongrels." We call bad people who are destroying our neighborhoods "mongrels."

I knew of no racial reference.  I think the president is absolutely correct, whites, blacks, Hispanics, yellow, red, we're all mongrels, basically, because we're mixed breeds.  I concur with that.  So I learned something there.

And I learned something from your research into history.

But for anyone to claim that I am a racist or it had racist overtones is the typical crap that the propaganda ministry and the media, particularly most of your cohorts there, even though I got Piers Morgan's ass thrown out, and I'll do the same with Don Lemon and Wolf Blitzer when I can...

BURNETT:  All right, don't...

NUGENT:  But you might be able to stay on...

BURNETT:  - just do me a favor, don't talk about my colleagues that way...

NUGENT:  - because I appreciate that.

BURNETT:  I respect them both greatly.

But let me...

NUGENT:  Well, I just - I just did.  They don't deserve respect.

But you go ahead.

BURNETT:  All right, but let me - let me ask you about something else you said about the president, though, since you're saying there was nothing racial about it.  I'm hoping you can explain a certain word here.  In that same conversation that I played for you, where you used "subhuman mongrel," you also said this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

NUGENT:  A lot of people call that inflammatory speech.  Well, I would call it inflammatory speech when it's your job to protect Americans and then you actually look into the television camera and say, what difference does it make that I failed in my job to provide security and we have four dead Americans?

What difference does that make?

Not to a chimpanzee or to Hillary Clinton, I guess it doesn't matter.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BURNETT:  A chimpanzee?

NUGENT:  Yes, Erin, I appreciate you playing that.

Do you really think that I referenced any race as a primate?

I call my buddies in my band chimpanzees when they miss a good guitar lick.  Come on, give me a break on that.  Now, I referenced no racial overturns there whatsoever.  I was referencing people who would look in the camera with those four dead Americans in Benghazi and refuse to be accountable and say, what difference does it make?

You've either got to be a punk, a liar, grossly dishonest, dangerously anti-American or some kind of animal to agree with that kind of stuff.  So insert the word "dog" or "mongrel" or "chimpanzee," I have nothing against any race.  In fact, my whole life is dedicated to my black heroes, my black musical heroes.  And you know that.  I have no - not a racist bone in my body.

That's the Saul Alinsky propaganda ministry running amok, like your goofball friend, Paul Begala, who claims that my...

BURNETT:  Well, I...

NUGENT:  - I'm a has-been.  I just celebrated my 50th greatest tour.

BURNETT:  Ted, I know one thing...

NUGENT:  Fifty years, number one guitar player in Detroit last year.  I'm a black guitar player from Detroit.  Get over it.

BURNETT:  All I know is that if I called the president, who is a black president, a chimpanzee, I would and should be fired, because it is...

NUGENT:  I didn't call the president...

BURNETT:  - a racist thing to say.

NUGENT:  I didn't call the president.

BURNETT:  Well, then, who were you referring to?

NUGENT:  I never called the president a chimpanzee.

BURNETT:  Not to a chimpanzee or to Hillary Clinton?

NUGENT:  Never, not trying to.

You think I...

BURNETT:  Who's the chimpanzee?

NUGENT:  You think I hesitate, people who support that it doesn't matter four Americans are dead.

BURNETT:  People who looked into the television camera and said what the - I mean the people you're referring to.

Well, I will leave it to our viewer to decide whether that was a direct reference to the president or not.

But we're going to take a brief break and come right back with Ted Nugent.

NUGENT:  I would, because tonight we have some good viewers.

BURNETT:  We'll be right back.
--AFTER THE BREAK--
ERIN BURNETT, HOST: Ted Nugent is finally here. Last week, he was booked on this show. We wanted to ask him about his now infamous comments calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel." And as you know, Nugent canceled on us.

But we still wanted to do this interview, because here's why Ted Nugent's words have gotten attention - he's politically vocal and influential. His support is seen as a big win for many GOP candidates, even those running for president.

Here's what Mitt Romney's son Tweeted during the 2012 election. Quote, "Ted Nugent endorsed my dad today. Ted Nugent? How cool is that? He joins Kid Rock as great Detroit musicians on Team Mitt."

Nugent attended last year's State of the Union Address as guest of Texas Republican congressman, Steve Stockman. He's appeared with many big name Republicans. He performed at Texas Governor Rick Perry's inauguration in 2007.

He's on the board of the NRA, a position voted on by some of the organization's members, which are more than four million Americans.

He's delivered speeches at NRA annual conventions. And, of course, all of you know him as the rocker, Ted Nugent.

He is now out front.

And, Ted, look, it's great to have you with us.

I want to get straight to this question of whether you apologized or not, right.

So you were on Ben Ferguson's radio show. And at first, you explicitly said - I'll quote you - "I do apologize, not necessarily to the president."

People got upset on Twitter, said that wasn't a real apology. Ben asked you again. He said specifically, are you apologizing to the president of the United States?

You said yes.

A lot of people still say you didn't apologize.

Did you mean it?

TED NUGENT, MUSICIAN: Erin, can you see me?

BURNETT: I can see you, Ted.

NUGENT: All right. I can't see you, so I'm at a great disadvantage, because I glow and I know you do, too.

Erin, come on. You've got this English language down really well. I bet you understand when the question is, do you apologize and I answer yes.

You don't really have to ask that question again, do you?

BURNETT: Well, I just wanted to know, because a lot of people felt that, you know, the first opportunity, you know, when you said, well, not necessarily to the president. And you know a lot of people picked up on that. So I wanted to give you the opportunity, you know, to say that you really did mean it.

But I want to ask you, because this is the question a lot of people have. You know, I read your Twitter feed today. And you told me, on Twitter, @erinburnett, you said, "Hey, you'd better have the view tape ready."

And I thought, what is the view tape?

And I found it, Ted. And here's what it is. For our viewers, this is when the president, Obama, used the word "mongrel" in the summer of 2010. I wanted to play what he said about mongrel and what you said.

Here goes.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

NUGENT: I have, obviously failed to galvanize and prod and have not shamed enough Americans to be every vigilant not to let a Chicago communist raised, communist educated, communist nurtured "subhuman mongrel" like the ACORN community organizer gangster, Barack Hussein Obama, to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: And the interesting thing about the African-American experience in this country is that we are sort of a mongrel of people. I mean we're all kind of mixed up.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.

OBAMA: And now, that's actually true for white America, as well, but we just know more about it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.

OBAMA: And so I'm less interested in how we label ourselves. I'm more interested in how we treat each other. And if we're treating each other right, then I can be African-American, I can be multi-racial, I can be you name it, what matters is, am I showing people respect, am I caring for one - for other people?

(APPLAUSE)

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BURNETT: So what do you think, Ted?

NUGENT: Well, number one, thank you, Erin, for playing that tape, as I requested. And I appreciate you monitoring my Twitter account.

I think you know what I think. I think the president is intentionally disassembling the greatest quality of life in the history of the world. I believe that he is creating class warfare intentionally to get Americans to draw this line in the sand where I've never seen such political discourse in all my life.

And, yes, I do apologize for being part of that political discourse, because greater men than myself have advised me that that kind of street language in a volatile interview, as you played earlier, is not appropriate when we're trying to get some upgrade here in America.

But I cannot put into adequate terms the condemnation I feel and so many Americans feel, that this president's fundamental transformation of this country is, indeed, the destruction of the American dream of being compensated based on being the best that you can be.

The concept of social justice and economic equality is truly bizarro.

The president is a bad man. I want to make sure that Americans are encouraged to be the best that they can be, not to be compensated for not even trying. I really believe history will show that I've been right and the president and CNN was wrong.

BURNETT: So I want to get - I want to understand, because a lot of people want to understand - and, look, I understand, you're saying now, I want to elevate the discussion. I think a lot of people are going to say, that's great, if you started to do that.

But I want to understand why you used the word "mongrel" when you did, OK?

Because, obviously, you know, we looked around, I looked it up in the dictionary, I'm sure you have at this point, as well. The definition is a dog of mixed or indeterminate breed. And the only use of the word "mongrel" that I could find in common talk, because you're talking about street talk, was actually the Aryan Nation membership form, where you have to affirm - I'll quote - "I'm an employed white and Christian. I concur that Aryan Nations is only Aryans of Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Nordic, Basque, Lombard, Celtic and Slavic origin. I agree with Aryan Nations biblical exclusion of Jews, negroes, Mexicans, Orientals and mongrels."

That's the only use I could find of that word.

Did you mean it that way?

NUGENT: Boy, you learn something every day. No, I've never heard that reference before.

I'll tell you, I've been a cop in Lake County, Michigan since 1982 or thereabouts. I conduct federal raids with the DEA and the ATF and the U.S. Marshals and the FBI and Texas Rangers and the Heroes of Law Enforcement. And we're re-arresting fugitive felons who are let out of their cages after murdering and raping and molesting children, carjacking.

We keep going after these guys. The adrenaline is something like you'll never experience. I hope you never have to experience it.

But when we're done with these kinds of raids, we get together and our hearts are broken that we have to face these monsters. And we call them "mongrels." We call bad people who are destroying our neighborhoods "mongrels."

I knew of no racial reference. I think the president is absolutely correct, whites, blacks, Hispanics, yellow, red, we're all mongrels, basically, because we're mixed breeds. I concur with that. So I learned something there.

And I learned something from your research into history.

But for anyone to claim that I am a racist or it had racist overtones is the typical crap that the propaganda ministry and the media, particularly most of your cohorts there, even though I got Piers Morgan's ass thrown out, and I'll do the same with Don Lemon and Wolf Blitzer when I can...

BURNETT: All right, don't...

NUGENT: But you might be able to stay on...

BURNETT: - just do me a favor, don't talk about my colleagues that way...

NUGENT: - because I appreciate that.

BURNETT: I respect them both greatly.

But let me...

NUGENT: Well, I just - I just did. They don't deserve respect.

But you go ahead.

BURNETT: All right, but let me - let me ask you about something else you said about the president, though, since you're saying there was nothing racial about it. I'm hoping you can explain a certain word here. In that same conversation that I played for you, where you used "subhuman mongrel," you also said this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

NUGENT: A lot of people call that inflammatory speech. Well, I would call it inflammatory speech when it's your job to protect Americans and then you actually look into the television camera and say, what difference does it make that I failed in my job to provide security and we have four dead Americans?

What difference does that make?

Not to a chimpanzee or to Hillary Clinton, I guess it doesn't matter.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BURNETT: A chimpanzee?

NUGENT: Yes, Erin, I appreciate you playing that.

Do you really think that I referenced any race as a primate?

I call my buddies in my band chimpanzees when they miss a good guitar lick. Come on, give me a break on that. Now, I referenced no racial overturns there whatsoever. I was referencing people who would look in the camera with those four dead Americans in Benghazi and refuse to be accountable and say, what difference does it make?

You've either got to be a punk, a liar, grossly dishonest, dangerously anti-American or some kind of animal to agree with that kind of stuff. So insert the word "dog" or "mongrel" or "chimpanzee," I have nothing against any race. In fact, my whole life is dedicated to my black heroes, my black musical heroes. And you know that. I have no - not a racist bone in my body.

That's the Saul Alinsky propaganda ministry running amok, like your goofball friend, Paul Begala, who claims that my...

BURNETT: Well, I...

NUGENT: - I'm a has-been. I just celebrated my 50th greatest tour.

BURNETT: Ted, I know one thing...

NUGENT: Fifty years, number one guitar player in Detroit last year. I'm a black guitar player from Detroit. Get over it.

BURNETT: All I know is that if I called the president, who is a black president, a chimpanzee, I would and should be fired, because it is...

NUGENT: I didn't call the president...

BURNETT: - a racist thing to say.

NUGENT: I didn't call the president.

BURNETT: Well, then, who were you referring to?
NUGENT: I never called the president a chimpanzee.

BURNETT: Not to a chimpanzee or to Hillary Clinton?

NUGENT: Never, not trying to.

You think I...

BURNETT: Who's the chimpanzee?

NUGENT: You think I hesitate, people who support that it doesn't matter four Americans are dead.

BURNETT: People who looked into the television camera and said what the - I mean the people you're referring to.

Well, I will leave it to our viewer to decide whether that was a direct reference to the president or not.

But we're going to take a brief break and come right back with Ted Nugent.

NUGENT: I would, because tonight we have some good viewers.

BURNETT: We'll be right back.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

BURNETT: All right, we're back again with Ted Nugent.

And, Ted, I wanted to ask you something that obviously is personal to me, as well, and that is that this isn't just about the president in terms of the things that you say and how you say them and the tone that you have for your base people. Women in particular, here's some of the things, words you've used to describe Hillary Clinton. I obviously can't say them on this program, but they include the toxic "C word," "worthless bitch" and "two bit whore." These are all things you've used to describe her.

And - and my issue is with, whether you agree with her politics or not, there are people who listen to you and care deeply about what you say.

How can they not be offended by terms like that?

NUGENT: Well, Erin, I have a very important advisory board. And as a new mother yourself - is your son your first child?

BURNETT: He is my first child.

NUGENT: Well, I congratulate you on that. I've got nine wonderful kids and 11 grandkids. And they're constantly telling me over the years, dad, honey, quit calling people names. So I'm stopping calling people names.

You know, I'm on stage - you ever see a good Richard Pryor?

You're not even fallowed to mention Richard Pryor's greatest albums on your CNN. We're not allowed to use the titles of Richard Pryor's albums because of political correctness.

BURNETT: So but are you saying, Ted...

NUGENT: I have unlimited irreverence and outrage on stage...

BURNETT: Are you going to say that you're never going to call people names again?

NUGENT: Live on ERIN BURNETT OUT FRONT, CNN, Ted Nugent, remember the Alamo, February 24, 2014, I'm not going to call people names anymore.

However, I have a little escape clause here, because when I'm on stage singing "wang dang sweet poontang," would you give me permission to go overboard on occasion?

Please tell me you will.

BURNETT: I think that to me, I mean I know you're - you're trying to make slightly light of this. But to me, these things are not light at all, because in a country to talk to you about as (INAUDIBLE)...

NUGENT: No, these are very...

BURNETT: - polarized to (INAUDIBLE)...

NUGENT: Very serious. Very serious.

BURNETT: - cause hate and create more polarization...

NUGENT: I agree.

BURNETT: - is - is a horrible thing to do.

NUGENT: You're right. My - my children, my brothers, my sister and my wonderful wife, Shemane, have told me that over and over. And I think at the tender age of 65, I think you're absolutely correct. Instead of using terms like "subhuman mongrel,"

I'm going to get right to the meat of the matter, where our president is a liar. He lies about you can keep your doctor period over and over again.

BURNETT: What...

NUGENT: He lies about Benghazi. He's lying about the IRS.

So I won't call him names anymore. I'm going to get right down to the nitty-gritty and identify the criminal behavior by the people abusing power in the United States government.

So I - I take your advice to heart, Erin.

BURNETT: And when you talk about things like these things with women, I mean is this something that - I mean do you...

NUGENT: These things with women, what's the things with women?

BURNETT: These things, when you use the words like toxic "C word," because I think the problem that I have with it, and a lot of people have with it, is that you wouldn't say those things unless you thought those things. They aren't things that people just say...

NUGENT: No, not true.

BURNETT: - off-the-cuff or say because they aren't thinking. People don't say those things unless they think those things about people. And that is a fact, Ted.

NUGENT: No, I don't think it is a fact. I take a lot of my cues from Bill Maher, you know, your left-wing poster boy, who used the same word to describe the great Sarah Palin.

So I - I think learning from that kind of...

BURNETT: It was all right when he did it, either.

NUGENT: - offensiveness - you know, no, you're right, it wasn't right. And, Erin, I haven't - I think that was about seven years ago I said that on stage. And it was during some of the most egregious violations and abusers of power and corruption that people like Hillary Clinton are responsible for. What she did in Benghazi, she should be in jail right now, along with Eric "Gun Running" Holder...

BURNETT: All right, well, I don't...

NUGENT: - and a whole bunch of the crooks in our government.

So I won't call them names, but I will try to better identify.

But it's not a Ted Nugent thing. There's a huge swath of America...

BURNETT: But, I mean, Ted, Is this because you're afraid, I mean that...

NUGENT: And you're correct, we need to have...

BURNETT: Are you afraid, though...

NUGENT: - we need to have civilized discourse.

BURNETT: - that people like Rick Perry...

NUGENT: I agree.

BURNETT: - people like Rand Paul, who Tweeted out...

NUGENT: Yes.

BURNETT: - when you made the comment about "subhuman mongrel."..

NUGENT: Yes.

BURNETT: - and demanded an apology, as he should have...

NUGENT: Yes.

BURNETT: Those people came to you and said look...

NUGENT: Absolutely.

BURNETT: - we're not going to campaign with you...

NUGENT: Absolutely.

BURNETT: - anymore, we're not going to do things with you anymore if you don't stop this?

NUGENT: No, they didn't say that.

BURNETT: Is that what it took?

NUGENT: They didn't say that at all. They - I don't - I - you will not find that quote, so be very careful, Erin Burnett, that you don't make things up like your cohorts.

BURNETT: Well, I know that you said...

NUGENT: No, they didn't say that at all.

BURNETT: - that you want - didn't want to upset...

NUGENT: But a...

BURNETT: - these men better than you, and you were referring to people like Rick Perry and Greg Abbott.

NUGENT: But they never...

BURNETT: So I do believe...

NUGENT: - gave me directions like that. They never gave me directions. What I did is whether it's my wonderful wife, my brother Jeff and John or Kathy, my great kids or someone like you, Erin, and people around me, they think I'll be more effective if I back off that Detroit street fighter rock and roll stage rhetoric.

And I'm here to tell you, I'm going to do that, because I do respect people like Governor Perry and the great Greg Abbott and Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

And because I do represent a lot of the same people that they do, believe it or not, I think I owe it to those great Americans to be more civil when I represent them.

So I'm here on CNN - on CNN, mind you. And I will be doing that more lately - coming up.

BURNETT: All right, so when you Tweeted today to Rand Paul - because Rand Paul had demanded you apologize, said that your derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics. He should apologize."

Once you saw the president use the word Mongol on - "mongrel" on "The View," you Tweeted back at Rand Paul, "Hey, @randpaul, let me know when you're ready to admit your blunder."

You're backing off that Tweet?

NUGENT: No, I don't think that's uncivil by any stretch. I'm telling Rand Paul he should be very careful not to take snapshots of an occurrence or an incident or an individual. He should pay attention to the big picture.

I consider Rand Paul a great American. And I feel terrible that I pissed him off like that.

But I've got to tell you, when you speak the truth and represent very heartbroken Americans - you know, Erin, let me - let me summarize it like this. I hate that I have to be talking about this stuff. I want to respect my government and my president. I want to respect the office.

But they have to deserve that respect.

BURNETT: Well...

NUGENT: And there is a culture war going on. I wish we didn't have to do this...

BURNETT: That's the problem a lot of people...

NUGENT: - but I think we do have to do have to do this...

BURNETT: - though.

NUGENT: - and I want to thank you and CNN for allowing me on the program...

BURNETT: Well...

NUGENT: - to make my statement.

BURNETT: I will say that. And you have made it. But I will say, you know, this president was fairly and democratically elected. He is the president of the United States. And like him or not, you must respect the office, as an American who wants peace and security. That's - that is my personal view, whether it's a Democrat or a Republican in office.

Ted, thank you very much.

Appreciate seeing you again.

NUGENT: Thank you, Erin.

God bless you and your kid and your husband.

BURNETT: Thank you, sir.

END


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  1. Stc311

    Eirn is one of the big reasons I quite watching CNN! Reminds me of the the pompous, stuck girls in school who thought they were better than everyone and new it all!

    March 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  2. martin

    Ted nugent is right on the money about obama,! Keep up the great work uncle ted! Tell the truth about the horrors of the obama administration and shame the devil!

    March 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  3. Mike Delugg

    Erin, you should always walk tall! You are beautiful inside and out. Your courage to speak your mind and to speak common sense is why so many of us tune in to hear and see you. Keep up the good work, and thank you!

    February 27, 2014 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  4. JakeMcClake

    Erin had tough political interview.
    She handled it very well and showed she can be tough and intelligent and still gave Ted Nuggest the opportunity to tell the world his side of the story. Erin stopped him when she heard him comment on her collegues.
    Erin wrapped it up by telling him he needs to respect the office of the President.
    In the end, Ted Nuggent promised to stop name calling.

    I'm very impressed with Erin.
    Erin showed her abilities are tremendous and well beyond that of a CNN comentator.

    February 27, 2014 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  5. anon

    Of course the comment was racist. And of course the racists claim "What, me racist!?" Because Obama is bi-racial Nugent thinks he is subhuman. However according to the Hybrid Vigour theory mixed race people are genetically superior. Inbreeding vs. outbreeding; outbreeding produces superior genetics. Google "hybrid vigour"' "heterosis": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterosis

    February 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  6. Lasse Henskjold

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    February 26, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  7. Fred Lindgren

    My, my Erin. So I am now led to believe that it'is just fine for you to refer to President Bush as a monkey. Also, where was all this personal moral outrage when Bill Maher and other liberal leaning celebs referred to President Bush as an incompetent moron? You and your ilk always want it both ways. Guess what? You can't!

    February 26, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  8. dan

    CNN – please explain the purpose of interviewing Ted Nugent. He is a "nobody" and he has no political clout. Therefore, I do not know why you would even give this "clown" the time of day to insult the President of the USA on national TV. The KKK is full of people like Ted Nugent but I do not see CNN going around allowing them to publicize their ignorant statements about our President on national TV. CNN's decision to even interview Nugent on national TV was offensive and shameful - period!!!

    February 25, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  9. LARRY

    Erin- we don't need Teddy's brother rambling on about what a great American Ted is., and how it was only a mistake of words. The only reason to use such hateful and racist language to describe our president, is because Ted hates Obama and can't stand that a African American is the President of the U.S.A.

    February 25, 2014 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  10. ken rizzo

    Why doesn't Ted listen with both ears, Hillary said that night now what does it matter who was killed lets make sure it doesn't happen again. (We can bring them back?) this guy has been drinking to much wild animal blood stick to playing Guitar buddy and stop killing helpless animals.

    February 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  11. Bryon Freitas

    Mr Nugent,

    You go nuts over Obama and Benghazi but not one word about Junior Bush taking the country into war on faulty intel. How many U.S troops died in Iraq ? it was a hell of a lot more than 4. You are a idiot.

    February 25, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • Cowcharge

      "False" intel he got from every Dem in Congress. Including both Clintons. Bubba even signed a law requiring the U.S. to support regime change. So who's the idiot now?

      March 24, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Reply
      • Cowcharge

        Oh, "awaiting moderation" for using the same "I-word" i'm replying to? No bias here, nope.

        March 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  12. ediebeebop

    I suppose Ms. Burnett thinks she's done a great job with this poor excuse of an interview. When will we get an interviewer or journalist brave enough to expose these fools for what they are...Nugent and those who employ him and keep his company are nothing other than RACIST...I don't understand why people won't call them out,,, Let them wear their crowns of racism that they are rather proud of. They LOVE being RACIST...they just don't like to be called that. He said his wife told him to apologize...WHEN? When he made the statement or when he started getting HEAT for it...Too late Mrs. Nugent he is what he is...And I'm sure you know it...Come on America...Let's stop dancing around these folk...For as long as we keep going through this song and dance when one of these RACIST say something Racist we'll never get anywhere...The moment we put them on BLAST on Radio and TV as being what they really are, then maybe some of this foolishness will stop...This is America you can be RACIST if you want...Just be ready to be called on it when we catch you...

    February 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  13. lee

    a republican could win the presidency in 2016, but there is a bright spot. that pres could make nugent the ambassador to mongolia,

    February 25, 2014 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  14. SeymourBrief

    Haven't you given enough airtime to a major bigot? Your program is usually imformative and important but this way below your standard or indeed anybodies! Cut him off and don't allow him to spew his hate filled messages.

    February 25, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  15. Steve

    I'm appalled at how pitifully "passive-aggressive" Erin was with this jack wagon. He didn't like her colleagues, Wolf and Don Lemon (hint: the Jew and the African American). She respects her colleagues, she says. WHERE WAS THE MIGHTY DEFENSE OF THEM? How lame. If you are going to invite this idiot onto your airwaves, you MUST be willing to take him on and get in his face. Don't passively recite his "chimpanzee" comment. Say, Mr. Nugent, you are a liar and a racist. Otherwise, leave him off your air.

    February 25, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  16. The Phantom

    I love that Erin Burnett called this so-called rock "star" out for his inflammatory rhetoric, and helped to expose him for what he is, a hate-filled spokeshole for the ugly underbelly of the ignorant right, as well as an apologist for the terrorist cabal known as the leaders of the NRA. I am disappointed, though, that she did not follow up on his used of the word "subhuman." Yes, the president referred to himself as a "mongrel." I never was bothered by Nugent's use of THAT word, it's the word "subhuman" that is the truly ugly epithet.

    February 25, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  17. Mary

    This woman sure loves to talk. Too bad she can't even come close to Nugent's intellect. Her repeated attempts to entrap Nugent was an epic FAIL.

    February 25, 2014 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  18. Patricia Daly

    Dear Erin Burnett...last night I watched your interview with Mr. Nugent. I have a lot of respect and admiration for your courage and your grace under fire. He was a difficult man to interview but you are an amazing woman who handled him so well that I feel I had to write and congratulate you for one of the finest interviews I have seen in a long time. You were incredible! Bless your heart and carry on, beautiful woman, and know you made millions of us thrilled and excited by taking him on.

    February 25, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  19. doreen

    Interesting that Erin blasted Nugent and said he would be fired from a firm for that name calling....when in fact Erin called President Bush a "monkey" while at MSNBC. I saw her apology at the time and it was certainly obvious it was not heartfelt...I remember thinking she should be fired! I don't agree with Nugent comments, yet he is a private citizen, not a reporter/anchor who is allowed to make personal and rude remarks about a president...that is not their job.

    February 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  20. Ellie

    Ms Burnett is a hypocrite! She herself called George Bush a "monkey" on air and insulted him on other occasions as well. Who is she to lecture Ted Nugent about respect for a sitting President? HA! Practice what you preach, Ms Burnett! Oh, and I also missed her outrage when Sarah Palin was called a c***, but then again I don't watch CNN for that very reason. Blatant double standard.

    February 25, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  21. Diana

    I don't agree with calling names or being racist at all, BUT others have called Christians evil things, late nite comedians put crucifixes in urine, etc. and we don't bat an eyelash. It is not right to call out one and not the others. Ted does call a spade a spade maybe in undiplomatic rude terms, though. Many do agree with his views and his concerts are quickly sold out.

    February 25, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  22. Tracy Gatt

    I guess Erin should be excused from not being familiar with Detroit talk, but it takes 5 seconds to find another Detroit rocker, Bob Seger, who used the word "mongrel" for the name of an entire album. Another example of in-depth research. I agree that the conversation should be less crude on BOTH sides. But Erin tried to take Ted Nugent to task for his lack of respect for this president – the same man who referred to American citizens who disagree with him as "enemies". That is much more offensive to me. Erin doesn't have to worry about this government auditing her or intimidating her because she's on the "right" side politically, People like Ted Nugent do. Should he talk that way? Probably not. But if CNN would do investigative work on the abuses of this admin instead of looking up definitions for bad names, we'd all be better off. Many Americans who are in dire straits right now due to current policies would be much less frustrated by a media who turns a blind eye to those in power behaving badly and instead goes after citizens for having a potty mouth.

    February 25, 2014 at 10:36 am | Reply
  23. paula ralph

    Leave it alone already...Ted does great things..not everyone has the verbal talent , of writting or speaking, the words Erin you want to hear. Everyone in this country is different, my God put a rapper on and its okay to hear the way tbey speak. Chimpanzie, is used as a remark how sometimes are congress, politicians act...Stop trying to get those you are trying to reach out to for ratings for your show to increase. Your not doing good, your like a bad fire, just wanting negative to make your ratings bigger. Shame on you..Erin..I avoid watching your show.

    February 25, 2014 at 10:17 am | Reply
  24. Mark

    I'm disappointed that this woman and CNN are more concerned with pinning Ted Nugent's ears back (which they failed to do) than continuing to pursue Benghazi. "What difference does it make?" should be a challenge to all in the media to show Hillary Clinton why it matters. There are four dead Americans and four families that still grieve their loss. It is only right to provide honest answers and those responsible step up and accept responsibility because it happened on their watch. But all CNN is worried about is if they can label Ted Nugent a racist. Please find another network to watch if you're looking for REAL answers.

    February 25, 2014 at 10:00 am | Reply
  25. jennifer in Houston

    Also... Hillary Clinton did not say "what does it matter" in regard to the deaths of 4 Americans in benghazi.. she was referring to the semantics games that republican members of Congress were playing at that time. Why did you not correct him?

    February 25, 2014 at 9:48 am | Reply
  26. jennifer in Houston

    Erin.. you lowered yourself and lost credibility by interviewing Nugent . he is a crass, vulgar, hateful person and a pedophile and you gave him a platform for this. You allowed him to continue his lies regarding the President , Hillary Clinton and Benghazi. He promised you he would stop name calling then promptly called the President a liar over and over again and you seemed incapable of taking control of your program. Nugent is the liar, he said he would leave the country if President Obama were reelected. Why didn't you confront him with that? Further more, the President does not have to gain Nugent's respect. he was elected democratically by a majority of americans AND the office of the President demands respect from us. You are close to losing my respect.

    February 25, 2014 at 9:45 am | Reply
  27. whatifdave

    Is our planet being consume by this disease called hate? Look at what is happening in Syria, Cairo and Kiev as examples. Does hate behave like a cancer or virus, it can metastasize or infect perfectly healthy cells? Sort of like how a frog does not realize that it is sitting in ever increasing hot water because of its blood type; are people being consumed by this ever increasing level of hate, but do not realize it as well?
    I believe hate is governed by the sciences, including Newton's laws, quantum theories, and sicknesses, to where it can grow by these means. You have for every action there are like but opposite reaction. You have the momentum affects, to where hate can grow by these means. There are quantum leaps theories, to where hate takes on higher levels by way of leaps. Now do we want our nation to become like that of Syria, Ukraine or Egypt to where there are huge amounts of hate towards the other side? As a famous quote once said. "If they so loved their children more than they hate Israel, everyone would be better off." I believe the answers to our country's problems can be found by us all working together. We are all born with individual God given talents, though we must gravitate towards where we are talented. Mr. Nugent is good at music, Erin Burnett is good at mass communications, President Obama is good at speeches, Liberals are good at producing new ideas and TEA Party people may be good at the details. As it takes all types of talents to run any organization, marketing, accounting, research, etc, it is here where people can create solutions to our many of our country's problems. However if our USA team is consumed by hate, our country is doomed. So to paraphrase that quote above, "do we love our country more than we hate the other party, then everyone would be better off," In my opinion.

    February 25, 2014 at 9:40 am | Reply
  28. kkummen

    This guy has some serious anger issues everything coming out of his mouth was disgustiing /vile/ dangerous..didn't the republicans say that people with mental conditions should not have guns...........If he is a spokesman for the republican party it tells the world what this party really is all about guns/the rich/straight old white men/ woman who know there place among men/ who don't give a damn about the poor/sick/woman and guy rights they are all about me me me

    February 25, 2014 at 8:56 am | Reply
  29. cpangracs

    So, Erin, it's okay for YOU to call President Bush a "monkey", but no one else can talk about President Obama? You are a worthless reporter who adds nothing but hypocrisy to the dialogue. You are just one reason why CNN is irrelevant and slipping further away from reality and effective journalism. Congratulations.

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    February 25, 2014 at 8:13 am | Reply
  30. James Fievet

    Erin and CNN keep obsessing on four letter words and name calling while your guest talks about Americans dying and politicians lying. Wonder why those ratings keep falling?

    February 25, 2014 at 4:37 am | Reply
  31. Kathy

    Erin- You were over the top angry during your interview tonite with Ted Nugent. Sorry I agreed with his point of view and all his comments. He called me a name sounds very juvenile.

    February 25, 2014 at 12:32 am | Reply
  32. Elizabeth

    Its refreshing to see someone speak candidly and intelligently about the issues. Gone are the days of 'Butter n Cream' from Republicans. Lets be bold and say what we mean. Everyone else does it and they are harassed for it.

    February 25, 2014 at 12:13 am | Reply
  33. Dan Lawrence

    I was a fan of Nugent for a long time. Then his true colors began to appear after President Obama was elected in 08.
    I would not give Nugent the time of day now that I really see how he thinks. This country has treated Nugent very well. So it appears now that he's got his American dream, the rest of us can go pound salt !!

    February 25, 2014 at 12:13 am | Reply
  34. guster

    outstanding interview with nugent. you pushed back well when he was he was "himself"

    February 25, 2014 at 12:02 am | Reply
  35. Lynn

    Kudos to Ted Nugent. I think he held his own. Erin's agenda was to show Ted as being a racist which is what most liberals have to resort to when their argument doesn't hold water.

    February 25, 2014 at 12:02 am | Reply
  36. Elonda

    Erin, job well done! You handled this interview with style, class, and great passion! I am so astonished at the number of disrespectful remarks that have been made against our President. Regardless of someone's dislike of him, he is still the President of the United States. I thank you for a job well done as a true journalist!!!

    February 24, 2014 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  37. Keith Hodgson

    Erin –

    YOU ROCK!!

    You were fantastic with Ted Nugent tonight!

    Way to keep your cool girl!

    -KH

    February 24, 2014 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  38. Heather Greene

    Ms. Burnett, I am a veteran and wife of a wounded warrior and a Green Beret. YOU OFFEND ME TO THE DEPTH OF MY SOUL. When will you and your cohorts force Hillary Rodham Clinton and the entire State Department, the Justice Department and entire executive branch of the government to tell the truth about Benghazi, Libya? I am offended that you attacked and continue to attack ANYONE who dares to ask what really happened. You pant all over yourself to show what you consider good things from the government, and attack anyone who dares to disagree with you. SHAME onyou and you and your coworkers.

    February 24, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Reply
  39. brookewright

    I really dont think i could ever watch cnn again....its sad to see Erin twist Ted's words..

    February 24, 2014 at 11:43 pm | Reply

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