A campaign stop by gubernatorial candidate Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott was overshadowed by his own guest, who put Abbott on the defensive on Tuesday in Denton.
Gun rights advocate Ted Nugent was invited to Abbott's campaign stop in Denton, where Nugent immediately became the focus.
Nugent appeared to be popular with the crowd in Denton, but he's known now for his disparaging comments about women and President Obama.
Senator Wendy Davis, also running for governor, spoke out about Abbott associating with Nugent.
"Greg Abbott's embrace of Ted Nugent and his ideals is an insult to every woman in Texas, and it should be an insult to every man, every husband, brother, father, son in Texas," said Davis. "I think the fact that Greg Abbott is embracing those values is repulsive."
KERA Radio's Shelley Koffler kept pressing Nugent about Davis' comments.
"Wendy Davis said you are a disgrace and an insult to all the women in Texas," said Koffler.
"It's disgusting, and Nancy Pelosi agrees because they are dishonest, anti-American people," said Nugent.
"But what about all the stories that have come out about your…," said Koffler.
"Those are stories, yeah," said Nugent. "They're lies."
"Wendy Davis made you a campaign issue today," Koffler goes on to say.
"She ought to because she hasn't got anything meaningful to campaign on, so she's got to be a Pelosi attack dog," said Nugent.
Then the questions turned to Abbott on whether it was wise to be associated with Ted Nugent considering some of his past comments, including one posted to YouTube last month from an interview with a gun rights group in Seattle.
In that YouTube video, Nugent said, "I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago, communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the Acorn Community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America."
"I don't know what he may have said or done in his background," said Abbott. "What I do know is Ted Nugent stands for the Constitution."
Abbott said that Davis calling attention to Nugent's presence was a political ploy.
"This is just a deflection mechanism by the Davis campaign to get the voters' attention off of issues," said Abbott.
When questioned about being associated with Nugent, Abbott said, "Wendy Davis is more associated with Barack Obama than anybody in the state. I don't think there's anybody in the state who is more disliked than Barack Obama. If there is this effect by relationship that they want to trump up, then that's a game that will be to the detriment of the Davis campaign because of their ties to Barack Obama."
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