“After a long heart & soul conversation with Mitt Romney today, I concluded this good man will properly represent we the people & I endorsed him,” tweeted the Nuge.
Nugent appears to be settling for the lesser of a few Republican evils, because Romney wasn’t Ted’s first choice: "If the real Rick Perry had been at those debates, he would still be in the race," Nugent tells the Texas Tribune. "It is my firm belief that Rick Perry would have [made] and would make the best president we could choose."
Perry's poll numbers plummeted following a string of poor debate performances and public gaffes, and he dropped out in January for what Nugent called "understandable" reasons: "Whatever occurred at those early debates that caused the real Rick Perry to take a back seat to whoever that was literally caused my wife to cry," Nugent said. "We thought, 'Has he been advised by idiots?' To this day, we still don't know what happened."
Nugent described himself as an "improvise, adapt, and overcome" guy and said he doesn't begrudge Romney for positions he has taken in the past. For example, while Nugent admits to being "offended and repulsed" when Romney signed off on an assault weapons ban during his time as governor, he understood the context given Romney's location at the time.
"He was in Massachusetts," Nugent said. "He wasn't in America."
Before endorsing him, Nugent demanded that Romney pledge there would be no new gun laws or restrictions on Second Amendment rights in his administration. Romney obliged. Nugent also warned Romney about the "out of control" U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
"These are not Ted Nugent demands," he said. "They're logic demands. They're 'we the people' demands. They're right over wrong, good over bad."
Nugent didn’t say if the reason he thought the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service was “out of control” had anything to do with his 2010 arrest and conviction on misdemeanor charges of deer-baiting and not having a properly signed hunting tag in California while filming his “Spirit of The Wild” tv series. Ted admitted his guilt by pleading no contest in the case and paying a fine.
Nugent hits the road with Styx and REO Speedwagon this summer.