Mitt Romney's campaign on Friday rejected an earlier claim from surrogate and rocker Ted Nugent that Nugent had received the Romney campaign's "support" in the wake of his inflammatory tirade against President Barack Obama and Democrats last month.
At a National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis in April, Nugent said that he would be "dead or in jail by this time next year" if Obama is re-elected. He later went into a long-winded analogy about needing to "chop [Democrats'] heads off in November." The Secret Service took notice of his remarks, and as is customary in such situations, paid the entertainer a visit, which the musician has maintained was professional and cordial.
In an interview with CBS News that aired on Friday, Nugent claimed that the Romney campaign had "expressed support" following his remarks. He went on to describe what he perceived as an indirect approval of his rhetoric.
"I got the sensation it was -- not from Mitt himself or Mrs. Romney -- 'Stay on course, Ted, freedom of speech is a beautiful thing,'" Nugent told CBS.
(Above, more video from Nugent's interview with CBS)
According to The Hill, however, the Romney campaign has since denied having had any contact with Nugent regarding his outburst.
A campaign spokesperson also reportedly re-released the same response they gave immediately following Nugent's initial comments, which decried "divisive language" and reiterated the former Massachusetts governor's support for civility.
Here's a look back at other controversial comments Nugent has made: