As a Texas resident for the past six years, a diehard conservative and a personal friend of Gov. Rick Perry, there's no question where Ted Nugent's loyalties will lie during the 2012 presidential campaign. His capacity to be vocal about his candidate, however, is still up in the air.
"As dear a friend as I consider Gov. Rick Perry, I won't be surprised -- and he and I have talked intensively -- if I'm not given an authorized position in the campaign because I'm too divisive," Nugent, who moved from Michigan to the Crawford, Texas, area in 2005, tells Billboard.com. "I don't know if I'll get a stamp of approval because I am so volatile and because the line in the sand in a political campaign can be so ambiguous -- and I'm anything but. The reality is that Perry must penetrate what is presumed to be the non-Perry demographic, and if I scare them away so he doesn't get their ear, then I'm being counterproductive."
Nevertheless, Nugent plans on being part of the discourse, even if he functions as "just a 'We the People' guy." He is, in fact, "already booking next year's tour to be the most effective in it's geographical impact and its statement," and he's confident he can straddle a line between political rabble-rousing and rock 'n' roll irreverence.