Rand Paul: Ted Nugent Should Apologize For ‘Offensive’ Obama Comments

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Thursday condemned Ted Nugent’s commentary on President Barack Obama, whom the gun rights activist has called a “chimpanzee” and a “subhuman mongrel.”

Paul tweeted that Nugent’s description of Obama “is offensive and has no place in politics:”

Nugent’s past remarks have come under scrutiny again this week as he campaigned for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), the presumed Republican gubernatorial nominee. When CNN pressed Abbott to address the comments, he deflected and said that campaigning with Nugent was a way to expose his gubernatorial opponent’s flip-flopping on gun issues.

Current Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he did have a “problem” with Nugent calling the President a “subhuman mongrel.”

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