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Secret Service determines rocker Ted Nugent did not threaten Obama

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    FILE - In this May 1, 2011 file photo, musician and gun rights activist Ted Nugent addresses a seminar at the National Rifle Association's convention in Pittsburgh. Nugent says he will meet with the Secret Service on Thursday to explain his raucous remarks about what he called Barack Obama?s ?evil, America-hating administration? _ comments that some critics interpreted as a threat against the president. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
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WASHINGTON >> After meeting with rocker Ted Nugent today, the Secret Service says its probe into what he had to say about President Barack Obama is over.

Last weekend during a National Rifle Association meeting in St. Louis, Nugent rallied support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and said of the Obama administration: "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November." He also said he would be "dead or in jail by this time next year" if Obama is re-elected.

That drew the attention of the Secret Service. Nugent said he discussed the matter with two agents today in Oklahoma.

"The issue has been resolved," agency spokesman Brian Leary said in a statement. "The Secret Service does not anticipate any further action."

In a statement on his website, Nugent called it a "good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone."

"The meeting could not have gone better," he said. "I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. Godbless the good federal agents wherever they may be."

Nugent said he was just speaking figuratively when he made what some perceived to be threats against Obama and that he didn’t threaten anyone’s life or advocate violence.

"Metaphors needn’t be explained to educated people," he said.

 

 

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