Abbott: Nugent ‘rightly apologized’ for Obama slur

Longtime rocker Ted Nugent speaks to a crowd of Greg Abbott supporters during a campaign stop in Wichita Falls, Texas on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Abbott welcomed salty-tongued rocker Ted Nugent to his campaign for Texas governor on Tuesday but claimed ignorance about inflammatory remarks his polarizing surrogate has made on immigration and women. (AP Photo/Wichita Falls Times Record News, Torin Halsey)
Longtime rocker Ted Nugent speaks to a crowd of Greg Abbott supporters during a campaign stop in Wichita Falls, Texas on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Abbott welcomed salty-tongued rocker Ted Nugent to his campaign for Texas governor on Tuesday but claimed ignorance about inflammatory remarks his polarizing surrogate has made on immigration and women. (AP Photo/Wichita Falls Times Record News, Torin Halsey)

AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott says Ted Nugent “rightly apologized” for degrading comments that resurfaced after welcoming the polarizing rocker to his campaign for Texas governor.

But Abbott in a statement Friday didn’t back away from inviting Nugent in the first place. He said “it’s time to move beyond this” after his appearance with Nugent this week put Abbott on the defensive for one of the first times in his campaign.

Nugent last month called President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel” in an interview. He apologized earlier Friday after Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky disavowed the remark.

Appearing Friday on WBAP Radio in Dallas, Nugent said, “I apologize for using the street fight terminology of subhuman mongrel.”

The rocker said he should have called Obama “violator of his Constitution, the liar that he is.” He said the president lied about the health care law.

Abbott said Nugent’s “subhuman mongrel” comment was “not the kind of language I would use or endorse in any way.” He said he believed Nugent recognized his language was wrong.

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