February 20th, 2014
09:48 PM ET

Abbott's opponent: It's "unacceptable" for leadership to not disavow Ted Nugent

The leading Republican candidate for governor, Texas' current Attorney General Greg Abbott continues to be called out for campaigning with fiery ex-rocker Ted Nugent, even after Nugent called President Obama a "Subhuman mongrel".


That's just some of the reaction from political opponents and bloggers.

CNN's Ed Lavandera tried asking Abbott about Nugent.

Lavandera: Mr. Abbott, why did you think it was a good idea to campaign with Ted Nugent?
Abbott: You know, it's funny how reactive the Davis campaign is to this. It shows that he's driven a wedge and exposed the fraud that they have displayed on second amendment based issues. Ted Nugent was a way to expose Wendy Davis for her flip-flopping on gun-related issues.

Lavandera: But this is Texas, finding someone who is pro-gun is not that hard. Why does it have to be Ted Nugent?
Abbott: (ignores Lavandera and asks another reporter): What's your question.
Lavandera: That was the question!

Lavandera kept on trying but couldn't get an answer to his question.

CNN's Erin Burnett asked one of Abbott's opponents for the Republican nomination, Lisa Fritsch, what she thought about Nugent's controversial comments and Abbott not denouncing the rock star.

"It's not acceptable," Fritsch. "And it's not acceptable for leadership to not come out and completely disavow that type of rhetoric and that type of language."

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soundoff (One Response)
  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    Wait... Who's this Ted Nugent guy? Never heard a' one Ted Nugent song before in my life...

    ((spends a few minutes on Google))

    Okay, I think I've heard a' "Cat Scratch Fever" but... Uh... WHO IS THIS GUY?!

    February 20, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Reply

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