Musician Ted Nugent speaks Republican John Raese speaks supporters during a rally for his U.S. Senate campaign October 30, 2010 in Charleston, West Virginia. Raese and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, are embroiled in a hotly-contested race for the seat vacated following the death of Robert C. Byrd. (Photo by Randy Snyder/Getty Images)
Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
- Obama addresses a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night
- Nugent made fiery comments about Obama, Supreme Court last year
- Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, opposes Obama's gun proposals
Rocker Ted Nugent, who made fiery comments about the Obama administration last year, will be attending the State of the Union address on Tuesday as a guest of GOP Rep. Steve Stockman.
The Secret Service talked to Nugent last year after the musician, a long-time NRA board member, criticized President Obama and the Supreme Court at the National Rifle Association meeting in St. Louis.
Nugent, who supported Republican Mitt Romney for president, said if Obama won re-election, "I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
The rocker, best known for his hit 1970s hit Cat Scratch Fever, said he never threatened Obama and described his Secret Service sit-down as a "good, solid, professional meeting."
Stockman's office will be scheduling interviews for Nugent after Obama's remarks to a joint session of Congress. Each rank-and-file member of Congress is entitled to invite one guest to these joint sessions.
"I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House chamber to hear from President Obama," said Stockman, R-Texas. "After the address, I'm sure Ted will have plenty to say."
Stockman, who returned to Congress in January after a 16-year hiatus, garnered headlines by threatening to impeach Obama if he used executive privilege to push gun-control legislation. Obama has proposed several measures, including a new assault weapons ban, a limit on the capacity of ammunition clips, and universal background checks.
The gun legislation faces fierce resistance from Republicans in Congress. Stockman, who backed off the impeachment threat, recently introduced legislation to repeal zero-tolerance laws for guns in school zones.
(Contributing: Susan Davis)