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. Shocked Soccer mom from Manhattan

    No way???!!!!!!! Really???!!!! This is such big news! Thank God you were on top of it CNN!

    October 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Obama's not against guns, he's against people shooting people.

    McCain, as we've seen, is very much in favor os people shooting people.

    Sarah Palin is in favor of just shootin' up stuff.

    October 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. boered1

    The big surprise is that the NRA waited until NOW to support them, usually the NRA signs on to the Republican party earlier in the mix. Either McCain must scare them or Obama must intrigue them either way it is only a lukewarm endorsement at best.

    October 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Jerry in Boston

    Seriously?

    Next you'll be telling me that the NAACP is endorsing Obama.

    Wonders will never cease.

    October 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. McShame

    Big news huh? Of course the NRA endorses McSame. The NRA only endorses republicans. Shock. But let me tell you, there are plenty NRA members who are endorsing Obama...stick that in your gun NRA execs and chew it!

    October 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Mark

    Dah! Can't take Sarah's (aka Guardian of the Northern Frontier) AK-47 from her. She needs it to shoot wolves from helicopters. Afterwards she'll bag and field dress a moose.

    Hey Sarah you're missing out on all the hunting fun before the first snows fly.

    October 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Chappy in Jacksonville

    So, if I vote for the Obama/Biden ticket, I don't value "Freedom?
    Hummmmm"

    October 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Madisson, IN

    Bush Memo:

    Dear Uncle Dick,
    How can I wreck the country before I leave, got any new ideas?

    Your pal, Georgie W Bush.

    Dear Georgie,
    There's still time to tank the US economy, which will mean you can wreck the world economy. First send you buddy Paulson up to get a blank check, and we'll take it from there. Onward and downward, heh, heh.

    October 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. Shaking My Head

    You can tell it is a VERY SLOW NEWS day @ CNN!!!!

    October 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Scott L

    Any sound minded person would not vote Obama for President. He is friends with a domestic terrorist (Ayers), sat in church for 20 years with anti-american priests (Wright), and will meet unconditionally with our enemies (Iran).

    Every time he has to clarify his positions. Wait I wasn't really listening to Wright all those years. Ayers was just my neighbor (even though we wrote stuff together). I never said I would personally meet with leaders, I said the President should. (huh?)

    Very scary. Even George Bush with all of his problems, Al Gore, John Kerry, Clinton, nobody can say the 3 things above like Barack Obama can.

    Think about it. Not asking you to change your vote for Obama. Just think about it.

    October 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Jetty

    Time for PEACE. No need for McCain's military experience!

    October 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    Nobody cares.

    Dispite the fact that Obama clearly doesn't have an agenda targeting guns...
    There are very few people that care about this distraction crap when the economy is threatened.

    There are bigger issues at hand, and Obama is clearly more able to deal with them then the erratic old man.

    October 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Maggie from Virginia

    No surprises here! The Republican way: Gun in one hand, bible in the other. What an oxymoron. Hypocrites!

    October 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. IowaChad

    WOW!! I mean, just, WOW!! The 2nd biggest lobby in the country, whose sole agenda is to put a gun into everyone's hands and make this country like the wild west, is supporting the republican ticket??

    WOW!!

    October 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Bushed...

    THE WORST PRESIDENT IN MODERN HISTORY–George W. Bush.

    October 9, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. PROUD DEMOCRAT

    I AM A GUN OWNER AND A HUNTER AND I WON'T VOTE FOR MCSAME NO MATTER WHAT THAT RIGHTWING ORGANIZATION SAYS. I LIVE CLOSE TO THEIR WHITTINGTON N.R.A. CENTER IN NEW MEXICO AND THESE PEOPLE ARE SOME SICK PUPPIES.

    October 9, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. thomas

    Who is John McCain? Who are his friends? S&L felon Charles Keating, convicted of wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud, was a close social and personal friend of McCain. Robert Asher, a Republican National Committeeman from Pennsylvania – and a felon convicted on public corruption charges signed on to McCain's campaign in February. Notorious Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy, who at one time plotted to m**der a journalist, has been donating money to McCain for the past decade. Raffaello Follieri (convicted on Sep. 10th, 2008 for conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering) entertained McCain and Rick Davis on his Yacht on McCain's 70th birthday.

    October 9, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. David, Silver Spring, MD

    The NRA is fighting so we can keep our guns.

    Trouble is, the finance company just repossessed mine.

    Give me an economy where I can at least afford a gun.

    October 9, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Do they think Americans don't think?

    Mary (Texas) October 9th, 2008 1:04 pm ET

    FANTASTIC!!!
    Obama is showing very POOR judgement in his selection of VP – Biden did NOT even know the responsibilities of a vice president!!! WHY is the media not eating this up??? Duh – the media is mainly liberal (democratic)!!!!

    Mary (Texas) the media is not eating this up because Biden gave the EXACT description of what a VP's job is. Just because Chaney changed it doesn't mean the constitution is wrong.

    Try holding that gun of yours with one hand and reading or researching the job of the VP with the other or are you like McCain can't do two things at once.

    October 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. That One

    While I enjoy the spirited debates that a two party system provide, I am been stunned, disheartened and ashamed of the way the McCain campaign has conducted itself. I would have hoped the NRA would see that endorsing a candidate that gives a wink and a nudge to racist, hysterical, xenophobic and religiously intolerant rhetoric diminishes the NRA itself. The NRA would do itself a great service to remember that not all gun owners are Republicans, and not all gun owners think that gun ownership is the most fundamental issue in this country.

    Senator McCain, please reclaim your dignity and your honor by denouncing and refusing to approve the disgusting ads that your campaign has put out.

    October 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Ted van Tol

    The republican leadership is supporting McCain,
    a lot of republicans will support Barack Obama.
    The "leadership"of the RNA is supporting McCain,
    al lot of his members will support Barack Obama.
    Barack Obama is a one in a life time President so,
    be proud on that. He will show you something in
    the comming years.

    But............... you have to keep him safe with all those
    guns in your country!

    An Obama supporter from the Netherlands.

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

    NRA would love to see more on campus shoootings, more mall shootings and more innocent lives being lost....

    October 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. MD for Obama

    Is this any surprise?

    October 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. NOSS

    BY current DEM political definition all NRA members are now racists.
    SO what ARE the black, asian, hispanic and other non-whites members?

    October 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Susie

    Same mentality! Have gun, can kill animals, humans? War – have a big gun can kill also.

    October 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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