Romney claims NRA endorsement. The problem of course being that he never actually received the endorsement that he’s claiming. Oops is brought to you by erasers:
“[Romney]I just talked about, about guns. I told you what my position was, and what I, what I did as governor; the fact that I received the endorsement of the NRA.”
He was never endorsed by the NRA, and didn’t have their official support during his 2002 gubernatorial campaign.
Mind you, this was the very same interview where Mitt said that he would likely support a ban on weapons of “extraordinary lethality”, whatever that means. Actually, I know exactly what “extraordinary lethality” means. It means “scary guns that are arbitrarily deemed too powerful”. So you know, basically anything. When you get to use made up terms that have arbitrary definitions, it’s easy to ban whatever you want.
Romney never had my vote. My concern is that I don’t want people falling for his bullshit. He never met an opinion he didn’t like if he thought it would get him somewhere, which is why he’s currently trying to talk about of both sides of his mouth. On the one hand, he can’t afford to offend the NRA and gun owners if he wants the Republican nomination, but at the same time he doesn’t want to offend his more left wing base by suddenly acting like a conservative. The ultimate result is that he ends up looking spineless and weaselly.
Sebastian also has good coverage of a quote by Romney about the assault weapons ban, which quite aptly demonstrates everything I’ve been talking about here.