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Ted Nugent Wishes Sarah Palin Luck This Hunting Season

September 17, 2008 1:54 PM ET

Rock's favorite Republican Ted Nugent has sent a copy of his new book Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto to Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. In fact, Palin was at the top of Nugent's list to receive an advance copy of the book, which documents Uncle Ted's ideas on "how to fix America." In a letter to Palin, the Nuge writes, "As a proud fellow American hunter, fisherman and lover of Alaska's soul cleansing magnificent Spirit of the Wild, we who live our American Dream by God, truth, logic, goodwill and decency, thank you for bringing such defiant common sense and self evident truth back to the GOP and politics." Ted, White & Blue is Nugent's latest book, following such Oprah Book Club-worthy titles like God, Guns and Rock 'n' Roll and Kill It and Grill It. Ted, always the marksman, closes his letter to Palin by saying "We wish you Godspeed for the best hunting and fishing season of your life."

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