* Urges civility after Democrats blast Nugent's apparent
* Nugent tells NRA he's "dead or in jail" if Obama wins
By Sam Youngman
WASHINGTON April 17 Republican candidate Mitt
Romney's campaign called for civility on Tuesday after aging
rock star Ted Nugent made an apparent threat against President
Barack Obama before an audience of U.S. gun lobbyists.
Nugent told the National Rifle Association convention in St.
Louis last week that "If Barack Obama becomes the president in
November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time
The Democratic National Committee seized on Nugent's remarks
on Monday night in a fundraising email, pointing out how Nugent
has endorsed Romney for president.
"Threatening violence - or whatever it is that Nugent's
threatening - is clearly beyond the pale, but Nugent's not the
one running for president," said U.S. Representative Debbie
Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the DNC. "The question is: Does
Romney agree with him? Right now, we don't know."
Andrea Saul, Romney's spokeswoman, did not condemn Nugent in
an email on Tuesday but said Romney wants to promote civility.
"Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the
political aisle it comes from. Mitt Romney believes everyone
needs to be civil," she said.
Nugent was a rock star in the late 1970s with such hits as
"Stranglehold" and "Cat Scratch Fever." He has long been an
outspoken and controversial advocate for gun owners' rights.
The DNC noted that Romney had not responded to Nugent's
remarks despite the endorsement he received from him last month.
It also circulated video of Romney saying on a radio show, "It's
been fun getting to know Ted Nugent."
The dust-up over Nugent's remarks is the latest in a series
of back-and-forths between the two campaigns, fought largely
over Twitter, over comments made by supporters or surrogates.
Obama's campaign went into damage control last week when
Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen said on CNN that Ann Romney
had "never worked a day in her life." Obama's top echelon of
campaign advisers all condemned Rosen's comments.
(Editing by Doina Chiacu)