Nugent bristled at the suggestion that he isn't the kind of moderate Romney will likely need support from to win the general election.
"If you examine how I conduct myself," Nugent said, "I don't think a day goes by in my life for many, many years now that we don't do charity work for children. ... Call me when you sit down across from someone who has more families with dying little boys and girls who get a call to take them on their last fishing trip in life. "Call me," Nugent continued in a raised, irritated voice, "when you meet someone who does that more than I do. Because that's really moderate. In fact, you know what that is? That's extreme. ... I'm an extremely loving, passionate man, and people who investigate me honestly, without the baggage of political correctness, ascertain the conclusion that I'm a damned nice guy. ... And if you can find a screening process more powerful than that, I'll [expletive]. Or [expletive]. How's that sound?"
We have no idea where that unexpected outburst came from. The second part of it directed to a female CBS News producer who was off-camera. Nugent's wife told him after interview ended that Nugent owed an apology to the producer. And Nugent did.
He also called Glor Thursday and said that, after the interview, he was rushed to the emergency room and had a kidney stone removed. So, that's what Nugent said may have contributed to his high level of energy. Nugent said he wasn't surprised when the Secret Service contacted him.
"In this environment, when you have the conditions in our government, no, I'm not surprised." "They came in as professionals," he told Jeff Glor at his Texas ranch, "Good, solid, professional law enforcement representatives, some of the greatest warriors in law enforcement. Anyway, so we had a meeting and it was serious, dead serious, because I can actually be serious, and it was serious. ... I feel sorry for liberals who can be that brain dead as to take a clear statement of fear on my part and turn it into a threat against somebody else."
Nugent said he feels the agents weren't concerned that he had actually threatened the president - only that someone claimed he had. "In fact," Nugent continued, "I gotta tell you, and I don't mean to put any professionals on the spot, and I don't have the greatest hearing in the world, but I thought I heard something to the point of, 'I didn't think so."'
Nugent described the meeting as "adorable" and says he was "absolutely" happy with the way things went, and, "Nothing makes me happier than me." "They did their job perfectly, I answered the questions perfectly," Nugent says. Nugent did just have the dates from his just-begun Midwest Rock 'n' Roll Express cancelled by the U.S. Army - a group he considers the core of his support.
"These military guys are my blood brothers," Nugent said. "So then, when I hear that political correctness has somehow metastasized into the decision makers of the military, I was really let down that political correctness has any role at all in the military."
Nugent asserted that he's a "perfect human being. I stumble perfectly. But I also aspire to and accomplish a perfect standing up and dusting off in that arena and continue on. At the end of every day and at the end of my life, I will be in the asset column. I will better mankind. I will better the environment. I will better America. I'm dedicated to it. I can't be stopped."