Conservative rocker Ted Nugent says he’s considering running in 2016 and already has a campaign pitch: “Hi, I’m Ted Nugent. I have nine children from seven women, and I’m running for president.”
In a Washington Post Magazine story published this week, Nugent told Steve Hendrix that he was “thinking about it.”
Nugent’s wife of 24 years, Shemane, explained that he had talked about running before, “but this time he seems more serious. People are constantly asking him to run.”
In the 1980s and the mid-2000s, 66-year-old brother brother Jeff Nugent helped him do polling for a possible run for Michigan governor. At one point, New Mexico Republicans also attempted to draft him to run for governor of their state.
In the end, Nugent said that campaigning and governing would disrupt his hunting plans.
“I said, ‘Ted, I can help get you elected governor of Michigan,’” Jeff recalled. “‘You wouldn’t have to wear Brooks Brothers, but you would have to be fucking governor.’”
But things are different now. Nugent said that more Republicans than ever are asking him to run.
“Things are just so wrong in the country now,” the Motor City Madman observed. “And I know that my answers would make things wonderful, unless you just refuse to produce, and then I’d recommend that you move to Canada. Or Illinois.”
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