(CNN) – Conservative activist and rocker Ted Nugent apologized Friday for using the term "subhuman mongrel" to describe President Barack Obama.
"I do apologize–not necessarily to the President–but on behalf of much better men than myself," he said in an interview with conservative radio host Ben Ferguson, who's also a CNN political commentator.
Texas attorney general Greg Abbott, the likely GOP gubernatorial nominee this year, came under heavy criticism from Democrats this week for campaigning with Nugent, who's known for making outlandish comments about the President.
Nugent said he apologizes "for using the streetfighter terminology of 'subhuman mongrel' instead of just using more understandable language, such as 'violator of his oath to the Constitution'."
In his apology, Nugent appeared to regret more the fact that his language has been tied to Republican politicians from his state, such as Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry, and Sen. Ted Cruz.
"I apologize for using the term," he said. "I will try to elevate my vernacular to the level of those great men that I'm learning from in the world of politics."
Later on in the interview–after some people on Twitter argued Nugent's comments weren't a real apology–Ferguson asked Nugent if he was directly apologizing to the President for the comments.
"Yes," Nugent replied.
Watch Ted Nugent on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" Monday night starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Fireband Ted Nugent caves to political pressure and apologizes for his ugly comments about President Obama.
Last month, Nugent called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" in an interview with Guns.com.
This week, he campaigned with Gregg Abbott, the leading Republican candidate for Governor of Texas. The opposition wasted no time to highlight a part of the GOP base they rather not showcase.
Top Republicans denounced Nugent's controversial comments.
"It's a free country but that kind of language really doesn't have any place in our political dialogue," Republican Senator John McCain said. "It harms the Republican party, I'm sure that it harmed the Republican candidate there and it should be obviously be repudiated,"
"I got a problem calling the president a mongrel," Texas Governor Rick Perry told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I do have a problem with it that is an inappropriate thing to say."
And Thursday night Senator Rand Paul tweeted:
Ted Nugent's derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics. He should apologize.
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) February 21, 2014
"Ted Nugent's derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics. He should apologize."
OutFront: Chris Kofins, Democratic Strategist and Ben Ferguson, CNN Political Contributor and Conservative Radio Host.
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."