Ted Nugent (File)
AUSTIN (February 21, 2014) Transplanted Central Texas rocker Ted Nugent apologized Friday for calling the president a “subhuman mongrel” in an attempt to defuse a controversy that has engulfed the campaign of GOP gubernatorial frontrunner Greg Abbott.
Nugent made the remark during an interview last month.
"I apologize for using the street fight terminology of subhuman mongrel,” Nugent said Friday on WBAP radio in Dallas.
Nugent said he should have called Mr. Obama a "violator of his Constitution, the liar that he is."
He said the president lied about the health care law.
Nugent has campaigned with Attorney General Greg Abbott who’s the frontrunner in the GOP gubernatorial primary, but Abbott sidestepped questions about Nugent's previous comments, drawing fire from Democrats.
Nugent's apology came a day after Gov. Rick Perry, during an appearance on CNN, condemned the remark.
“Look, I have a problem calling the president a ‘subhuman mongrel.’ That's an inappropriate thing to say,” Perry said.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also urged Nugent to apologize.
Texas Democrats Friday demanded an apology from Abbott, as well.
“Abbott continues to show the people of Texas that he lacks good judgment and remains out of touch. Greg Abbott, it's your turn to apologize to Texas,” Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.
Abbott later issued a statement in which he said Nugent “rightly apologized” for the comment.
Abbott said Nugent's comment was "not the kind of language I would use or endorse in any way."
“It’s time to move beyond this,” he said.