Ted Nugent's comments about President Obama landed him in hot water with the Secret Service last year, so Rep. Steve Stockman's invite to the rocker to attend the State of the Union address on Tuesday is either an audacious warning on gun rights and/or a brazen publicity stunt.
"I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama," Stockman, a Texas Republican, said in a statement. "After the Address I’m sure Ted will have plenty to say."
To make sure of it, Stockman's office is pre-scheduling interviews with Nugent.
Obama is expected to invite victims of gun violence to his speech, as he makes his case for improved background checks, a limit on magazine clips and perhaps an assault weapons ban.
At a National Rifle Assn. gathering last spring, Stockman said of Obama, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year." That prompted the Secret Service to meet with Nugent. The Secret Service investigates any threats made against the president.