Romney Seeks, Receives Endorsement From NRA's Nugent

March 02, 2012 5:37 pm ET — Matt Gertz

On his Twitter feed this afternoon, Washington Times columnist and National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent announced that after "a long heart&soul conversation" with Mitt Romney today, he has decided to endorse the former Massachusetts governor.

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In apparently seeking out the endorsement of Nugent, Romney has linked himself to a man with a long record of inflammatory and offensive comments.

Notably, during an August 21, 2007, concert, while brandishing what appeared to be two assault rifles, Nugent said, "hey Obama, you might want to suck on one of these, you punk," adding, "hey Obama, he's a piece of shit, I told him to suck on my machine gun." He went on to say that while he was in New York, "I said, 'hey Hillary [Clinton], you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch."

Nugent has also called Clinton a "two-bit whore," referred to the Muslim community as "rude and stupid," said "[i]f it was up to me, if you uttered the word 'gun control,' we'd put you in jail," and called the Democratic Party the "modern-day slave master" to low-income Americans.

The NRA will be featuring Nugent in their voter registration campaign. The group has yet to endorse in the Republican primary, but executive vice president Wayne LaPierre has said that they are "all in" with regard to defeating President Obama in what LaPierre called "the most dangerous election of our lifetimes."

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