Sen. Rand Paul says Ted Nugent owes President Barack Obama an apology.
Paul tweeted Thursday night that "Ted Nugent's derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics. He should apologize."
In an interview last month with Guns.com, Nugent referred to the president as a "sub-human mongrel." Those comments were back in the media spotlight after the 1970s and 1980s rock star and outspoken conservative activist appeared earlier this week on the campaign trail with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the likely GOP gubernatorial nominee.
The Republican senator from Kentucky isn't the only possible 2016 GOP White House contender to comment on Nugent's comments, but appears to be the first to call on Nugent to apologize.
Asked by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer Thursday in an interview "The Situation Room" about Nugent, longtime Texas Gov. Rick Perry said "The idea that Ted Nugent has said something that's outrageous shouldn't surprise anybody."
Perry, who's considering a second bid for the Republican presidential nomination, added that Nugent "shouldn't have said something like that about the president of the United States."
And Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas distanced himself with what Nugent said in an exclusive interview Wednesday with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.
"Those sentiments there, of course, I don't agree with them. You've never heard me say such a thing and nor would I," Cruz said.
But the GOP senator, who's also entertaining a 2016 run, embraced Nugent's outspoken stance in support of the Second Amendment.
"I will note, there are reasons Ted Nugent -- people listen to him, which is that he has been fighting passionately for Second Amendment rights. And -- and this administration has demonstrated an incredible hostility to the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens," Cruz said.
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report