Politics
2:17 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Ted Nugent Apologizes, But Wendy Davis Campaign Says It's 'Not Good Enough'

Update: Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, responded to Ted Nugent's apology with the following statement:

"I believe Ted Nugent recognized his language was wrong and he rightly apologized. This is not the kind of language I would use or endorse in any way. It's time to move beyond this, and I will continue to focus on the issues that matter to Texans."

Original story: Ted Nugent has apologized for calling President Obama a “subhuman mongrel," but a spokesman for the Wendy Davis campaign says that isn’t good enough.

Audio: Ted Nugent Apology

The rocker and Republican supporter today offered his tongue-in-cheek apology during an interview on North Texas radio station WBAP.

Nugent said: “I did cross the line. I do apologize.”

He then went on to say that the apology was less for the president and more for Republican politicians, including Davis’ gubernatorial opponent Greg Abbott, with whom Nugent campaigned this week.

“I apologize for using the street fighter terminology of ‘sub mongrel’ instead of just using more understandable language such as ‘violator of the Constitution’ and the liar that he is,” Nugent said as he slammed the president anew.

Abbott has been pummeled by Davis, his Democratic gubernatorial opponent, and her supporters, for campaigning with Nugent after his abusive comments about the president and women were publicized.

Media reports also identified a documentary in which Nugent admits having sexual relations with underaged girls several decades ago.

Bo Delp, with the Davis campaign, said Nugent’s lukewarm apology doesn’t make up for his bragging about having sex with young girls.

Delp called Nugent an “admitted sexual predator” and said Abbott shows a lack of character by defending his association with Nugent.

The Abbott campaign has not responded to Nugent’s apology and has not said if the candidate will continue to campaign with Nugent.