Ted Nugent 2016: Rocker for President?


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Ted Nugent, who’s made something of a late career out of serially threatening to run for elected office (see: Michigan governorship 2006, 2010), is thinking about the big prize.

“Hi, I’m Ted Nugent. I have nine children from seven women, and I’m running for President,” he recently told the Washington Post.

Okay, so he’s probably not serious. But he’s had quite a career in politics, despite his lack of elected office. An outspoken pro-gun advocate, he’s been on the board of the National Rifle Association since 1995. And his remarks during the 2012 election were sufficient to warrant a Secret Service investigation (he said that NRA members need to “ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November”).

“Things are just so wrong in the country now,” Nugent said in his Post interview. “And I know that my answers would make things wonderful, unless you just refuse to produce, and then I’d recommend that you move to Canada. Or Illinois.”

According to Nugent’s most recent wife, Shemane, “this time he seems more serious. People are constantly asking him to run.”

Prior to entering politics, Nugent was apparently some sort of musician. Best known for the song “Cat Scratch Fever,” he has released 34 albums and sold a total of 30 million records. He has been touring each year since 1967.

Nugent became more politically active in the early 1990s. He’s written for more than 20 publications and has published three books, including "God, Guns and Rock 'n' Roll" in 2002. In addition to his pro-gun stances, he’s also advocated for anti-gun and anti-alcohol causes. He is a national spokesperson for Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) and encourages the “natural highs” of an outdoor lifestyle.

Now to find a running mate . . . We can only hope that Alice Cooper is sitting by the phone.