Attorney General Greg Abbott, under criticism for appearing with rocker Ted Nugent on the campaign trail for governor, said Friday that Nugent was right to apologize for calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel."
Abbott also expressed the desire to move beyond the controversy that has dogged him over Nugent, which has been driven by Democrats including his presumed gubernatorial opponent, Sen. Wendy Davis.
"I believe Ted Nugent recognized his language was wrong and he rightly apologized. This is not the kind of language I would use or endorse in any way. It's time to move beyond this, and I will continue to focus on the issues that matter to Texans," Abbott said in a statement.
Nugent, asked about his comment about Obama by conservative radio host and CNN commentator Ben Ferguson, said, "I did cross the line. I do apologize, not necessarily to the president, but on behalf of much better men than myself."
Nugent cited Gov. Rick Perry, calling him "the best governor in America," and Abbott, whom he called "the best attorney general in America."