October 9th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
14 years ago

NRA endorses McCain-Palin ticket

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/07/art.macpalwave1007.gi.jpg caption="A powerful gun rights groups has announced it will endorse Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin."]
(CNN) – The National Rifle Association said Thursday it plans to endorse Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, citing Sen. Barack Obama's "anti-gun record."

"We will encourage gun owners, hunters and anyone who values freedom to vote McCain-Palin on November 4," Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's Executive Vice President, said in the statement.

Obama has been on poor terms with gun rights advocates, especially since his controversial remarks about rural residents of Pennsylvania were disclosed before the Pennsylvania Democratic primary. Obama lost to Sen. Hillary Clinton in that race despite investing substantial time campaigning in the battleground state.

The U.S. Supreme Court held for the first time in June of this year that the Second Amendment of the Constitution protects an individual right to own and carry a gun.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • NRA • Sarah Palin
soundoff (278 Responses)
  1. Republican for Obama

    SURPRISE!

    I'm an NRA member but guess what guys, as McCain says, country first so I'm voting for Obama.

    October 9, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Patrick

    Shocking. I thought this site was for "news".

    October 9, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Not surprising – but I was a Republican who was supporting Obama....but hearing the positions they are offering...which I don't support....I just couldn't....socialism is not the answer....(unless the question was...how to wreck this country)

    October 9, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. darrell

    of course..Caribou Barbie is their poster girl. But ultimately, this has no effect on numbers, so it's a wasted endorsement.

    October 9, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Jen B

    Not surprising; the McCain/Palin duo do a good job shooting themselves in the foot.

    October 9, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. MICHAEL

    What a surprise!!! Who cares what a bunch of RED NECK hillbillies think

    October 9, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Charles, Miami

    rofl, it's not going to matter.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 9, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Richard

    really?

    October 9, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Jamie

    Of course they are.

    October 9, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Matt

    what a surprise... is this really news?

    October 9, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. kenny cole

    So what? all ends up in Alaska after Nov.4

    October 9, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Scott in Atlanta

    Really! I'm astonished... Never saw that one coming.

    October 9, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Bob Stephens

    That figures. Shoot em up Sarah and War Monger McSame fit in with the membership of this group.

    October 9, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. chris

    They should all just move to Texas and walk around with their guns if they want them so bad. The rest of the country can then have gun control laws so we can avoid the 12,000 gun murders a year we're up to.

    October 9, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Bobby, Triangle, VA

    I owned guns and I will not vote for Senator Stupid and Governor Airhead!!!! NRA's Wayne LaPierre is completely out of his mind if he thinks gun owner is going to vote for McCain/Palin just because of Obama's anti-gun record! It's not going to happen!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Real American

    So! Like that wasn't expected. What should really be news is McCain blowing up at a woman while he was gambling recently. McCain yelled "Do you know who I am. Do you know who I am" over and over again at an elderly lady.

    October 9, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. that other one

    shocker.

    October 9, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Matt in Pittsburgh

    Barry Obama also says he is for guns rights... and anything else he needs to say to get elected. But like all his other verbiage, there is nothing of substance or legislative history to back that up.

    watch for RICO charges to be filed against ACORN very soon. The investigation already undway includes Howard '52 state' Dean, Donna Brazzile and the Lord High Obama.

    Should make for a very interesting next 3 weeks.

    October 9, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Paul, Europe

    wow... thats a surprise!

    Idiots

    October 9, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Anne

    Poor gun toting idiots. The NRA is a joke.

    October 9, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. ONLY 26 MORE DAYS IN WHICH WE HAVE TO LISTEN TO MOOSE FLATULENCE FROM THE NEWLY CROWNED 2008 MISS MOOSE ANAL SPHINCTER(THE “FOLKSY“ TRANSLATION IS A$$WHOLE)!

    Price for plane ticket to niece’s wedding - $372

    Price for wedding gift certificate to Macy’s Bridal - $500

    The joy of watching my 17 year old niece walk down the aisle in a black empire gown because she is 7 months pregnant, while followed by all 6 groomsmen forcibly carrying the soon to be loving husband to the alter to happily join in wedded bliss - PRICELESS!

    October 9, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Jen

    I'm SOOOOOO surprised the NRA is endorsing the Republican ticket!

    Moving on........

    October 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Anne

    How come things McCain/Palin have been saying about Obama that have been PROVEN lies are allowed to be said over and over? This is NOT freedom of speech, but borders on slander

    October 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. ez

    Early voting is the way to go.

    Registered Republican voted for Obama/Biden 08

    October 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. chuck in ontario

    The NRA should be ashame of themselves.It's time to stop and clamp down on guns because all the the weapons are ending up in Canada. It's time for real change-–Vote OBAMA/Biden.

    October 9, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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