Ted Nugent should apologize for calling President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel," Texas Gov. Rick Perry agreed in an interview Thursday.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer,
who has made no secret of his disgust over the comment in his coverage most of this week, told Perry that Nugent should apologize. If Nugent doesn't, Blitzer said, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott should refuse to campaign with him further.
To appear on stage with the rocker otherwise, Blitzer said, "would be idiotic."
Perry asked whether all would be forgiven if Nugent did apologize. Blitzer said that everyone says stupid things, and an apology would be appropriate.
With that, Perry said he'll suggest Nugent say he is sorry.
Nugent made the controversial statement in a January interview with Guns.com.
The interview gained notice earlier this week when Blitzer noted that "subhuman mongrel" was used in Nazi Germany to describe Jews. Six million Jews died in the Holocaust at the hands of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party.
But the sore spot for Blitzer and other critics was that Abbott, who is seeking the GOP nomination for Texas governor, had just embarked on a campaign tour with Nugent at his side.
Blitzer called on Abbott to condemn the comments and distance himself from Nugent.
Abbott's office on Wednesday told The Dallas Morning News that Nugent would be off the campaign trail,
but didn't specifically condemn the "subhuman mongrel" comment. The campaign did note that Nugent had said many controversial statements in the past that Abbott did not agree with. Nugent's alliance with Abbott is over Second Amendment gun rights issues.
Abbott's fellow Republican candidate for governor, Lisa Fritsch, says her opponent is not being a statesman in refusing to condemn Nugent's remarks.
Fritsch, who is African-American, and a tea party leader in Texas, released a statement
on her campaign website Wednesday and told CNN
on Thursday that Republicans must reject things that "demean and devalue" those they wish to draw into to the party, including minorities and women.
"Leaders are called to be statesmen," Fritsch told CNN. "As a governor of Texas we make decisions about leadership and appointments, and who we decide to represent us and campaign with us is a reflection of that leadership."
Abbott is seen as the clear favorite for the GOP nomination, and is expected to face Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis in the general election.
Perry also has campaigned with Nugent, but Blitzer noted that that was long before the recent comments. He didn't directly answer whether he would decline to have Nugent on stage if he runs for president in 2016.
Perry also predicted the controversy will have a short shelf life.
"I think this will be a news story or two, and then we will get back to being focused on what the people of the state of Texas really care about," Perry said.
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