Skip to comments.Romney aims again to explain hunting ('I'm a varmint hunter, not a big game hunter')
Posted on 04/05/2007 7:43:42 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
INDIANAPOLIS - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is taking a second shot at describing his hunting experience.
The former Massachusetts governor has called himself a lifelong hunter, yet his campaign acknowledged that he has been on just two hunting trips one when he was 15 and the other just last year.
Campaigning in Indianapolis on Thursday, Romney said he has hunted small game since his youth.
"I'm not a big-game hunter. I've made that very clear," he said. "I've always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will. I began when I was 15 or so and I have hunted those kinds of varmints since then. More than two times."
In Keene, N.H., on Tuesday, Romney had said: "I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I've been a hunter pretty much all my life." The next day, the campaign said Romney hunted rabbits in Idaho with cousins as a teenager and shot quail with GOP donors at a game preserve in Georgia in 2006.
Campaign spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said Wednesday that Romney wasn't trying to mislead anyone, and he promoted Romney's support of gun-ownership rights.
Romney has also supported gun control. When he ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 1994 he backed the Brady law and a ban on assault-style rifles. As governor, he supported the state's strict gun-control laws and signed into law one of the nation's tougher assault weapons laws.
He joined the National Rifle Association last August as a "Lifetime" member.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney answers questions during a media availability in Indianapolis, Thursday, April 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Sheesh...what is it with Massachusetts politicians?
We could use a dead-eye varmint hunter in DC. The place is full of ‘em.
I’m not against Romney, necessarily, but talking about gun-ownership rights and linking that to hunting, in any way, is seriously wrong. The Second Amendment is not about putting food on the table.
I’ll write-in Fred Thompson on the CA ballot, unless he blows it too, in which case I’ll write in myself. Either way, I wish I didn’t have to say that I think we’ve had it. It’s just a matter of time and public education.
” Undoubtedly a word common to the Massachusetts vocabulary.”
Wicked varmints. F’n A, man.
This dude sucks.
“We could use a dead-eye varmint hunter in DC. The place is full of em.”
He probaably only knows how to set a mouse trap, not adequate for the varments in DC.
Well, I hope he uses Real Cheese from California in those traps and not some cheap old gubamint cheese, it could put him over the top out here.. ;-)
Strange.....The “Sandal Man” looks a little discomforted in that photo...like he’s got fear in the ‘ol kisser.
Let the parceling of words begin.
To publicly state that you are a lifetime anything, but have only validated your membership in an organization the previous year is so contrived. Why does someone have to join anything?
And the one poster is right, the second amendment is not about the right to hunt varmits. Its about a citizen militia armed against internal and external government tyranny.
Looks like his flip-flopping, and poor pressers are starting to make him out to be a phony. And what is sad is he is one of the declared front runners. We are scraping the barrel.
My wife holds a shotgun better then that and she has only shot once...which may or may not be one more time then Kerry!
BIG game. (Just ax the impeached *Squirt)
I’m amazed how many freepers fall for this hit piece by the AP....sworn to be our friend.
"I've been huntin' varmints all my life. That's right. Down by the cement pond. Grannie cooked 'em up. Yep. Right tasty, you betcha!"
This is going to be a long campaign. By next February the Clinton/Obama ticket will be singing Kumbaya, and the Republican Eight will still be preening and competing to see who can appear most conservative while still attracting the moderate voters.
Perhaps he can buy a used hunting costume from John Kerry.
Someone buy him a clue. Most “Hunters” don’t classify rabbits as varmints.
Hey, he knows what a varmit hunter is. Better than most.
Who hunts rodents?
Who hunts rodents?
Now if he said he was a Rodham trapper, ..;-)
“Republican Eight will still be preening and competing to see who can appear most conservative while still attracting the moderate voters.”
That’s the problem with some of them. However, there is a couple that state their position regardless of the conservative flap, Giuliani and McCain. Which leads me to believe that if they don’t get their party’s nomination, they would run as an independent in the general. This is McCain’s and Guilianis last go around anyway. Why throw in the towel if they feel sooooooo close to winning? Heck Bill Clinton became president with only 46% of the popular vote because of “Ears” Perot.
I guess Mitt does?...lol
Them Rodham’s is hard to trap. Cankles is so large they slip right out...
It sounds to me like he was coached to use the term “varmint hunting” to explain his apparent lack of “big game” experience, lost the phrase briefly, then tried to recover. I dont believe a varminter would have lost the term.
Loose lips sink ships’’
to coin a phrase..
He tried to sound like a Cuban to the South Florida crowd too...and ended up sounding like Fidel.
Of course not. Romney's real problem is that he signed a permanent assault weapons ban just a couple short years ago in MA.
Careful, you’ll shoot yer eye out!
It gets more and more evident everyday that Romney wants to be John Kerry. Flipper, hunter, etc. This guy cannot be our President. It would be facinating which position he took on issue one week after the other though.
Yes, he was a big hit down there too. Its sad that he was born in Michigan ( a hunting state) and doesn't know anything about it.
Really, and they conveniently leave out that the NRA has given Mitt a B while Hillary, Obama and Edwards all have F's. So, he's not perfect, but he's near the top. I think he made a mistake trying to get folksy about his past hunting. He clearly did hunt, enjoyed it, doesn't oppose it, considers himself a hunter, but it is not his #1 past-time. Who cares....
Clearly, whether or not one hunts is not the important issue IMO. Support for the 2A is the crucial thing.
On the 31st anniversary of the Gun Owners Action League, Governor Romney declared May 7, 2005 as The Right to Bear Arms Day in Massachusetts to honor the right of decent, law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms in defense of their families, persons, and property and for all lawful purposes, including the common defense.
Not the only 'front runner' who has a similar track record who says he supports the Second Amendment.
Their cluelessness is the dead giveaway.
Now if Jim Zumbo (after his foul-up) can get the 'I-don't-need-one-of-those-rifles' set back on board the Second Amendment, he will have fully redeemed himself in my eyes. Otherwise, the split in gunowners will rear its ugly head and the divide between hunters and shooters could hurt us all.
It is up to all of us to protect all of our firearms, so just say "No" to the likes of Mitt and Rudy.
Do mousetraps count? I bag a couple mice every Fall when they move inside to escape the cool weather.
“I smoked but I didn’t inhale” set the mark for insincere political tap dancers. But if that remark can be topped, this here may be boy that does the trick.