February 25th, 2014
08:40 PM ET

Is Ted Nugent a changed man after promising not to revert to name calling?

Rocker Ted Nugent says he's a changed man.

At least that's what he told CNN's Erin Burnett Monday night in an interview that's gotten a lot of people talking.

Burnett confronted Ted Nugent about calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel".

NUGENT: "Live on Erin Burnett OutFront, CNN, Ted Nugent, remember the Alamo, February 24, 2014, I'm not going to call people names anymore.

BURNETT: I think that to me, I mean, I know you are trying to make slightly light of this, but to me, these things are not light at all -

NUGENT: No, I'm not making light, these are very serious. I agree.

BURNETT: This is a horrible thing to do.

NUGENT: You're right. 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. He lies about Benghazi. He's lying about the IRS.
So, I won't call 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 take your advice to heart, Erin.

And with that, he spark a fury of comments on our Facebook page, Twitter and in the media.

One editorial writer at the Dallas Morning News wrote: "The great thing about the interview was that Nugent clearly was emerging from a visit to the Republican woodshed."

The Orlando Sentinel framed it this way: "Nugent doesn't do contrite or apologetic. He does angry, and that approach undercuts any point he's trying to make. When he keeps talking, he keeps hurting the politicians and causes he supports. Most of all, he hurts himself... Far from apologetic, Ted was on a tear Monday night."

OutFront: CNN Political Commentators Paul Begala, Ben Ferguson, and Ana Navarro.

Filed under: News • Politics • Ted Nugent
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. george cowden

    I think Ted is a great man for speaking his mind. Sure there might be some anger to it but at least he isn't scared to voice his opinion. People are like robots believing all the crap the media feeds them, so people don't voice their opinion because they figure its all true. This nation is a mess and getting worse but according to the media things are getting better because our prez said it is. Erin if you are bugged about him saying he is Sub-Human or a chimpanzee then lets just stick with the word LOSER cause that's what he is for running this nation into the ground. I don't know what rich part of the nation you live in but where I live people are living check to check because of high gas prices, high unemployment rates, healthcare that's too expensive and so forth. I stand with you all the way Ted Like your shirt that I proudly wear says One NATION under TED God, Guns, and Rock & Roll Take care brother

    February 26, 2014 at 9:24 am | Reply
  2. Judy

    Don't give ted nugent the time of day....the more you focus on him ....the more powerful he gets.....

    February 25, 2014 at 11:06 pm | Reply

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.