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Romney aims again to explain hunting ('I'm a varmint hunter, not a big game hunter')
AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/5/07 | Emily Udell - ap

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.


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KEYWORDS: antigun; banglist; biggame; guns; hunting; romney; varmint
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1 posted on 04/05/2007 7:43:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney answers questions during a media availability in Indianapolis, Thursday, April 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


2 posted on 04/05/2007 7:44:19 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... BumP'n'Run 'Right-Wing Extremist' since 2001)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sheesh...what is it with Massachusetts politicians?


3 posted on 04/05/2007 7:46:53 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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We could use a dead-eye varmint hunter in DC. The place is full of ‘em.


4 posted on 04/05/2007 7:47:10 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... BumP'n'Run 'Right-Wing Extremist' since 2001)
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


5 posted on 04/05/2007 7:49:07 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Romney aims again to explain hunting ('I'm a varmint hunter grabber, not a big game hunter')
6 posted on 04/05/2007 7:49:15 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: NormsRevenge
Don't worry Mitt, I use a swingle shot on varmints too


7 posted on 04/05/2007 7:51:03 PM PDT by umgud (Anna Nicole was an expensive slut)
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To: paul51


"Can I get me a huntin' license here??"
8 posted on 04/05/2007 7:51:47 PM PDT by flashbunny (<--- Free Anti-Rino graphics! See Rudy the Rino get exposed as a liberal with his own words!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Loser.


9 posted on 04/05/2007 7:51:57 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: NormsRevenge
varmints

Undoubtedly a word common to the Massachusetts vocabulary.
10 posted on 04/05/2007 7:53:48 PM PDT by Old_Mil (Duncan Hunter in 2008! A Veteran, A Patriot, A Reagan Republican... http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


11 posted on 04/05/2007 7:55:16 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Old_Mil

” Undoubtedly a word common to the Massachusetts vocabulary.”

Wicked varmints. F’n A, man.


12 posted on 04/05/2007 7:56:13 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: All

This dude sucks.


13 posted on 04/05/2007 7:56:17 PM PDT by afraid
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To: NormsRevenge

“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.


14 posted on 04/05/2007 8:02:29 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: NormsRevenge
This wins the award for the biggest non-story of the week.
15 posted on 04/05/2007 8:03:32 PM PDT by msnimje (True Conservatives will not support a pro-abortion candidate.)
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To: dalereed

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.. ;-)


16 posted on 04/05/2007 8:08:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... BumP'n'Run 'Right-Wing Extremist' since 2001)
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To: flashbunny

Strange.....The “Sandal Man” looks a little discomforted in that photo...like he’s got fear in the ‘ol kisser.


17 posted on 04/05/2007 8:08:56 PM PDT by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


18 posted on 04/05/2007 8:10:25 PM PDT by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

19 posted on 04/05/2007 8:12:03 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: flashbunny

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!


20 posted on 04/05/2007 8:13:00 PM PDT by Domandred
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To: NormsRevenge; MurryMom

BIG game. (Just ax the impeached *Squirt)

21 posted on 04/05/2007 8:14:38 PM PDT by Libloather (The REAL father of Anna Nicole Smith's daughter. Hey, I've got as good a chance as everyone else...)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m amazed how many freepers fall for this hit piece by the AP....sworn to be our friend.


22 posted on 04/05/2007 8:15:29 PM PDT by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: NormsRevenge

"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!"

23 posted on 04/05/2007 8:16:35 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: NormsRevenge

24 posted on 04/05/2007 8:17:52 PM PDT by Boiler Plate (Mom always said why be difficult, when with just a little more effort you can be impossible.)
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To: Tulsa Ramjet
And what is sad is he is one of the declared front runners. We are scraping the barrel.

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.

25 posted on 04/05/2007 8:18:09 PM PDT by AZLiberty (Tag to let -- 50 cents.)
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To: NittanyLion

Perhaps he can buy a used hunting costume from John Kerry.


26 posted on 04/05/2007 8:19:18 PM PDT by Redcloak (The 2nd Amendment isn't about sporting goods.)
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To: NormsRevenge
“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.”

Someone buy him a clue. Most “Hunters” don’t classify rabbits as varmints.

27 posted on 04/05/2007 8:21:07 PM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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To: Redcloak

Hey, he knows what a varmit hunter is. Better than most.


28 posted on 04/05/2007 8:22:21 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Beagle8U

Who hunts rodents?


29 posted on 04/05/2007 8:22:30 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

Who hunts rodents?

Now if he said he was a Rodham trapper, ..;-)


30 posted on 04/05/2007 8:23:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... BumP'n'Run 'Right-Wing Extremist' since 2001)
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To: flashbunny

31 posted on 04/05/2007 8:26:22 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: AZLiberty

“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.


32 posted on 04/05/2007 8:26:30 PM PDT by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: EternalVigilance

I guess Mitt does?...lol


33 posted on 04/05/2007 8:26:55 PM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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To: NormsRevenge

Them Rodham’s is hard to trap. Cankles is so large they slip right out...


34 posted on 04/05/2007 8:27:07 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Beagle8U
Maybe he hunts R.O.U.S. [Rodents of Unusual Size]


35 posted on 04/05/2007 8:30:26 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Old_Mil; DBrow

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.


36 posted on 04/05/2007 8:32:04 PM PDT by gnarledmaw (I traded freedom for security and all I got were these damned shackles.)
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To: NormsRevenge
This is such a stupid article that its bound to get 15,000 posted comments.......like the Anna Nickelodeon Smith threads.

Leni

37 posted on 04/05/2007 8:34:21 PM PDT by MinuteGal (The Left takes power only through deception.)
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To: EternalVigilance
I don’t know. I think he needs to shut up about hunting until he gets some better handlers that can explain it to him. The terms he is using makes him sound foolish.
38 posted on 04/05/2007 8:34:42 PM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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To: NormsRevenge

Loose lips sink ships’’

to coin a phrase..


39 posted on 04/05/2007 8:35:14 PM PDT by silentreignofheroes (When the Last Two Prophets are taken, there will be no Tommorrow!)
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To: NormsRevenge
I don’t accept he premise that unless you regularly hunt, you can’t back the 2nd amendment. I know of friends who own guns to hunt two legged creatures, that is if they ever want to play home invasion at their house, and they don’t hunt.
40 posted on 04/05/2007 8:37:15 PM PDT by jackieaxe (Unsourced reporting is not reporting but a lie or a manipulation)
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To: Beagle8U
The terms he is using makes him sound foolish.

Ya think?

He tried to sound like a Cuban to the South Florida crowd too...and ended up sounding like Fidel.

41 posted on 04/05/2007 8:37:50 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: NormsRevenge

LOL


42 posted on 04/05/2007 8:38:19 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: jackieaxe
I don’t accept he premise that unless you regularly hunt, you can’t back the 2nd amendment

Of course not. Romney's real problem is that he signed a permanent assault weapons ban just a couple short years ago in MA.

43 posted on 04/05/2007 8:38:54 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: umgud

Careful, you’ll shoot yer eye out!


44 posted on 04/05/2007 8:39:02 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


45 posted on 04/05/2007 8:39:07 PM PDT by napscoordinator (.)
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To: EternalVigilance
“He tried to sound like a Cuban to the South Florida crowd too...and ended up sounding like Fidel.”

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.

46 posted on 04/05/2007 8:42:11 PM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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To: TheLion
I’m amazed how many freepers fall for this hit piece by the AP....sworn to be our friend.

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 Owner’s 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.”

47 posted on 04/05/2007 8:43:42 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate
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To: NormsRevenge
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.

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.

48 posted on 04/05/2007 8:47:26 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Rodent hunter?

Do mousetraps count? I bag a couple mice every Fall when they move inside to escape the cool weather.


49 posted on 04/05/2007 8:47:41 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: NormsRevenge

“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.


50 posted on 04/05/2007 8:48:26 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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