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!
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