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

NRA endorses McCain-Palin ticket

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(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. American Pie

    Teas Lady...your showing your ingnorance. Every election the NRA starts spouting off how voting Democratic will take away our guns...and it never happens... now this person who goes by the name Texas lady left a comment if they are elected, they will take away our guns...it has never happened and will never happen...get a clue and a brain. I have a gun, although I see no use for semi automatic rifles..I mean really..what do you hunt with that?? Oh no...if I vote democrate, they will take my gun...get real...I am so tired of the undereducated ignorant americans in this country...I can imagine how other countries look at us, when they read the ignorant blogs some people write.

    October 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. PoliticoPundit

    If ACORN endorses Obama, it does matter. Because by that he will get hundereds of thousands of Illegal votes, thats a must to win in battle ground states.

    October 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Gail AL.

    It won't only be PA. residents clinging to their guns it will be everyone clinging to their guns. Things will be so bad, you'll need one. People will be robbing to put their children's food on the table.Obama is now in Ohio, I wonder if ACORN is there registering voters. They have already found 1800 illegal ballots, but that's expected. Acorn had a good teacher, OBAMA, that's the way he works. socialism is not a choice for america. MCcain -Palin is for reform and reform is very badly needed. If you want Pelosi and Reed running this country,vote Obama. Obama can not make a decision, he'll have to have somebody else making them, and the ones he'll choose are not good for america. DO YOU WANT AYERS COMING TO THE WHITEHOUSE FOR TEA, AND THEM PLANNING TO BOMB YOUR HOUSE, WHO KNOWS WHO'S NEXT.

    October 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Independent but Leaning

    There's no doubt that Obama is not a friend to gun owners.

    October 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. NickH

    Does he even have an anti gun record. Everything I've heard is that all he would be willing to talk about is taking ak47's from urban gangs and such.
    Normal members/owners wouldn't be touched.
    So the NRA are full of it.

    October 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Watermann

    Where the hell do the 277 electoral votes on RealClearPolitics come from? It seems that the "uphill battle" for John McCaine is becoming the Mount Everest or even higher. Does a gun make any differences?

    October 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Dave, Central Illinois

    Those silly NRA folk – clinging to their guns and religion. Gee, I wonder who ACORN will endorse?

    October 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. BM

    Why isn't the media taking about the first dude and his meetings with terrosit who cursed the US and wanted to separate themselves from th e US? Why isn't any one talking about McCain and Shannon, who si currently still incarcerated?Those are the real terrosist! Obam has never been brought up on ethical charges.

    October 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. tom

    AK47s for everyone!

    October 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    Newsflash: "The sky is blue, the Pope is Catholic and the bear still craps in the woods."

    I am still waiting to see if they get the KKKs endorsement since they seem to be lining up almost all of their memberships at their rallies.

    October 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. thomas

    Who is John McCain? Tom Loeffler, the national finance co-chair for Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign, resigned from the campaign because of his lobbying ties. His top political adviser, Charlie Black, was the head of a Washington lobbying firm. Black retired from the firm to stay with the campaign. Davis ran a lobbying firm for several years but has said he is on leave from that firm. Regional campaign manager Doug Davenport and Republican convention chief Doug Goodyear departed after acknowledging having represented Burma. Eric Burgeson, who lobbies the federal government on energy issues, left. GOP consultant Craig Shirley parted ways with the campaign because of his ties to stophernow.com, an attack site created to target Sen. Hillary Clinton that is now aimed at Sen. Barack Obama.

    October 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. TM in Colorado

    Endorse away. I would rather have a place to live, food on the table, a job and a future for my grandchildren as opposed to having some kind of gun....This isn't the wild wild west anymore people. Get over it.

    October 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. LYNETTE IN CA

    ARE YOU KIDDING?? WHAT TOOK THEM SO LONG! IT'S LIKE THEY LOOKED AROUND AND JUST REALIZED THAT THEY FORGOT TO ENDORSE HIM AND THOUGHT WE'D BETTER HURRY UP! WE DON'T WANT ANYONE TO THINK THAT WE WERE EVEN THINKING ABOUT ENDORSING OBAMA!!!

    STUPID!

    October 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Rolyn

    Oh man!! Trouble for Obama! What's next, Cindy McCain is going to endorse John McCain????

    October 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Biff

    You know...

    There is a newspaper who has not endorsed a Democratic President in like 70 years who is endorsing Obama.

    THAT'S news.

    October 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Nicole In NE

    haha – NRA backs a republican? Say it ain't so! : )

    October 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Florida

    Of course they DId!!!

    I would vote for Bush again before I vote for McCain, it is not President Bush fault things are the way they are its the people around him like McCain.

    October 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. TJ

    Who says I don't understand the NRA? The NRA is an organization of paranoid rednecks that twist and manipulate the constitution until it resembles a fun-house mirror, who can't see past their own nose, and who compensate their miniscule reproductive equipment with large caliber bullets. Im not kidding here either. People of lower intelligence feel that guns give them "power" and so when you try to take that away, they kick their blocks across the room and tantrum until they get the attention they need. This whole "Defeat Obama" campaign is really asinine also.

    October 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Independent but Leaning

    "With the economy in shambles and people losing their homes and jobs this shouldn't even be an issue."

    James- it's scary that you're willing to sell your freedom a better return on your mutual fund. You are an Obama folower, no doubt.

    Personally, I believe being stripped of your Constitutional rights is a pretty big issue.

    October 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Peter (CA)

    The NRA endorses a Republican ticket with a wolf-hunting nut as a VP? Shocking.....almost as shocking as the NRA misstating Obama's positions on guns.
    So, don't foam at the mouth too much right wingers. Obama will not take away your guns if they are legal. Obama has judgment, a quality that appears to be lacking in McCain and seems to not have been a part of Palin's make-up.

    And Tony.....enough with the tired stuff about the Democrats in congress ruining the country. This stuff did not just magically happen in the last 2 years. We have been on this road for a long time. I think Bush was just hoping it would happen to the next guy. 8 years of a Republican president....Republican congress from 1995-2006. Think about it.

    October 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Real Real Change

    WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YOU'RE KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THE NRA HAS ENSORSED THE REPUBLICANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I NEVER SAW THIS COMMING.

    October 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. M. WINNERS

    Definition of a 21st Century republican:
    Race baiting, hate mongering white guys (and gals) wrapped in an American flag with a bible in one hand, an M-16 in the other moronically chanting "USA, USA" or "drill baby drill" who belong to some finge "christian" cult church and keep their pointed white hoods in the closet…And are gonna vote for the geezer and the princess

    October 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. UNO

    One [American] car
    One House
    One Spouse

    One Smart Man with One Smart Backup

    I'm voting for THAT ONE.

    October 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. CitizenAJ

    If you take the time to go to Senator Obama's website and access the "Issues" link, you will find Senator Obama's stand on the 2nd amendment. He supports it. He has never went back and forth on this issue just to get votes, he has always supported it. He has also supported jurisdictions that have a high volume of violent crimes committed with guns adding restrictions to prevent this violence. That is not advocating taking guns away from citizens are not supporting the 2nd amendment. Remember, Senator Obama is a constitutional lawyer. What it does mean is he supports proper use of and safety of guns, the same as the NRA. The NRA always supports the republicans so they are twisting Senator Obama's views on the issue to maintain their status quo support.

    October 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Washington Voter

    Mary from Texas -
    Have you even read the Constitution? Biden is correct as to the powers of Vice President. For your reference: Article 1 Section 3 Clause 4.

    Purpose of negative campaigning is not to get the candidate to vote for the other but to disgust the people enough from voting.

    ACORN, hahahah nice try.

    How about voter caging?

    Only way the GOP can win is for a low voter turnout.

    October 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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