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April 05, 2007

Romney: I'm A Lifelong Hunter. And By "Lifelong," I Mean I Hunted Once As A Child, And Then Once Again Last Year

It's a day of unforced errors.

Although, you know, technically, he is a lifelong hunter.

To hear Mitt Romney talk on the campaign trail, you might think the Republican presidential candidate had a gun rack in the back of his pickup truck.

”I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life,” he said this week in Keene, N.H., to a man sporting a National Rifle Association cap.

Yet the former Massachusetts governor’s hunting experience is limited to two trips at the bookends of his 60 years: as a 15-year-old, when he hunted rabbits with his cousins on a ranch in Idaho, and last year, when he shot quail on a fenced game preserve in Georgia.

Last year’s trip was an outing with major donors to the Republican Governors Association, which Romney headed at the time.

An aide said Wednesday that Romney was not trying to mislead anyone, although he confirmed Romney had been hunting only on those occasions in his life.

”Governor Romney’s support for the Second Amendment doesn’t come from the fact he knows how to handle a firearm; it comes from his appreciation of the Constitution and the rights enshrined in it, including the right to keep and bear arms,” said campaign spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom.

Of course he wasn't trying to mislead anyone. Since when has making a dubious statement that's only arguably not an outright lie when parsed in a highly convoluted manner in order to convey an impression that is simply flat-out false been considered "misleading"?

Next thing you know and they'll be telling us that Clinton wasn't being quite straight with us when he denied, under oath, being "alone" with Monica Lewinsky.

In related news, Hillary! is super-psyched that her home baseball team, the New York Yankees (playing just 1500 miles down the street from her surburan Chicago home), are playing again.

Go Yankees!



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