Is Ted Nugent considering a run for the White House?
The outdoorsman, and Michigan native, is known for his guitar licks and long locks, but a recent photo posted to his wife Shemane Nugent’s Instagram account shows The Nuge with a short, conservative haircut. and no ponytail.
In a Washington Post interview, The Motor City Madman hinted at presidential ambitions.
Hi, I’m Ted Nugent. I have nine children from seven women, and I’m running for president.” Nugent takes a sip of water, having delivered his potential slogan. “Yeah, I’m thinking about it.”
The Detroit rocker is known for his political statements and during the 2012 presidential campaign, Nugent got into hot water for ominous comments related to the eventual re-election of president Obama.
The 64-year old Nugent still maintains a part-time residence in Jackson County. He considered running for governor of Michigan in 2006 and 2010.
With a measly 22 percent approval rating in January 2011, Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t exactly leave the California governorship on a high note. Nevertheless, he’s reportedly (read: per an anonymous source in the New York Post) considering a presidential run in 2016. The Post reports that the action star is openly discussing his political ambitions and seeking to file a legal challenge to that pesky constitutional provision that says the president must be a “natural born citizen.” The Republican Schwarzenegger was born in Austria but became a U.S. citizen in 1983.
Word of Schwarzenegger’s presidential aspirations comes on the heels of a newly groomed Ted Nugent. In an interview with the Washington Post this summer, the gun-loving, Obama-hating rocker hinted that he, too, might shoot for the White House in 2016. He’s since denied that he cut his hair for this reason, but the idea is out there nonetheless.
It sounds crazy until you look closer at one of the most important modern metrics for presidential hopefuls: social media support. The 2016 election may be a long way off, but the community Facebook pages have already begun — with some surprising upshots. The “Ted Nugent for President” Facebook page has, as of Friday, more than 237,000 likes. Sound like a lot? Consider that it beats the “Hillary Clinton for President” page by 75,000 likes, and both appear to have been created around the same time.
The Nugent page is not officially affiliated with Nugent, and most of the updates are about what you’d expect: pro-gun rhetoric, liberal vilification and, of course, the occasional Obama-is-just-like-Hitler meme. That considered, it’s still hard to fathom a Nugent presidential bid attracting more than a core group of fringy tea party types, but the size of his page is still worth pondering, inasmuch as social media savvy matters in 21st century politics.