Nugent has a bad habit of saying outlandish and offensive things. He once called President Barack Obama a "Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel…ACORN community organizer gangster." He also called the president a "chimpanzee" and said that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has "spare scrotums." Nugent also caught the Secret Service's attention after he said that he would rather be "dead or in jail" if Obama won a second term.
Democrats were quick to attack Abbott, who is expected to face state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) in the general election, for appearing with Nugent.
"Texans deserve better than a statewide office holder and candidate running for governor who welcomes Ted Nugent and his repugnant comments," Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said on Monday according to Politico.
Davis's campaign also criticized Abbott for appearing with Nugent.
"Greg Abbott's embrace of Ted Nugent is an insult to every Texan--- every man, woman, husband, and father," Davis said in a statement. "If this is Greg Abbott’s idea of values, it's repulsive."
This post was updated.