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Romney Claims NRA Endorsement He Didn't Receive


Mitt Romney on "Meet the Press" Sunday. (Getty/Meet the Press).

Maybe it was the pressure of the moment. Being under the Tim Russert spotlight can get to anyone. Under Russert's grilling about guns on this morning's "Meet the Press," former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney claimed an endorsement he'd never won.

In answer to questions about whether he would sign an assault weapons ban, Romney said: "Just as the president said, he would have, he would have signed that bill if it came to his desk, and so would have I. And, and, and yet I also was pleased to have the support of the NRA when I ran for governor. I sought it, I seek it now. I'd love to have their support."

Later in the interview, he added the following:

"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."

The problem?

He was never endorsed by the NRA, and didn't have their official support during his 2002 gubernatorial campaign. The NRA declined to endorse in that race, as was acknowledged by Romney's spokesman this morning.

"The NRA did not endorse in the 2002 campaign," said spokesman Kevin Madden, when asked about Romney's comments. "Mitt Romney as a candidate received a respectable B grade rating from the NRA, and when he was governor he had the support of the NRA and the Gun Owners Action League in relaxing some of the state's burdensome licensing regulations."

What Madden didn't say was that Romney's Democratic opponent in the governor's race, Shannon O'Brien, was given a more than respectable "A" grade by the NRA, according to its website.

The issue of guns has repeatedly dogged Romney, who as a U.S. Senate candidate in 1996 was in favor of several gun control measures. Earlier this year, Romney was mocked for saying that he was a "small varmint" hunter.

-- Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 16, 2007; 4:40 PM ET
 
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Liberals not tolerant, R49? MA, one of the most liberal states in the nation, elected Romney as governor. How do you explain that? As a matter of fact, my own liberal state of OR has a Mormon senator. So much for your enlightened thoughts.

Posted by: greenbob1 | December 25, 2007 4:56 AM | Report abuse

So what, he'll still win the primary in a landslide when he converts to Baptist on Christmas.

Posted by: light_bearer | December 19, 2007 9:24 AM | Report abuse

While the NRA rated Romney with a "B" in his 2002 race for Gov.,(www.nrapvf.org/ELECTIONS/State.aspx?y=2002&State=MA), the NRA had this rating for Arkansas Gov race in 2002...

R) *Mike Huckabee A+
D) Jimmie Lou Fisher A

http://www.nrapvf.org/ELECTIONS/State.aspx?y=2002&State=ar#GOVERNOR

Posted by: joe.lolli | December 18, 2007 8:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm in South Carolina where Mitt is running ads that claim he's for lower taxes. Yet in 2002, he fought against Proposition 1, a citizens ballot initiative to abolish that states draconian income tax. While 300,000 of his fellow citizens signed the petition to put the measure on the ballot, Mitt was raising millions to fight it.

With his deep pockets and the Main Stream Media's help, Prop 1 failed with 47% of the voters saying YES to abolishing the income tax.

Posted by: joe.lolli | December 18, 2007 8:29 AM | Report abuse

While the NRA rated Romney with a "B" in his 2002 race for Gov.,(www.nrapvf.org/ELECTIONS/State.aspx?y=2002&State=MA), the NRA had this rating for Arkansas Gov race in 2002...

R) *Mike Huckabee A+
D) Jimmie Lou Fisher A

http://www.nrapvf.org/ELECTIONS/State.aspx?y=2002&State=ar#GOVERNOR

Posted by: joe.lolli | December 18, 2007 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Liberals talk a good game when it comes to preaching tolerance for people of other beliefs. But when it comes time to practice what they preach, well then it's quite a different story.

Brother Mitt believes he had NRA support in his electoral campaign. The author of this article believes otherwise.

Instead of accepting this as an honest difference of opinion and upholding Brother Mitt's right to his opinion, the author and many posters here attack him.

Where's the famous liberal tolerance?

A victim of those outmoded (and clearly liberal) concepts of "facts", "truth" and "logic".

How sad!

Posted by: R49Thomas | December 18, 2007 12:31 AM | Report abuse

I always interesting to me the absolute moronic comments made about the subject of gun control. Especially some of the above. The Bill of Rights are not rights granted to us by the government, they are our god given rights has human beings. They are only enumerated and guaranteed by the BoR. The 2nd Amendment has absolutely nothing to do with hunting or sportsman. Were you all asleep in high school or college American history? Go read some of it and you all won't look so ignorant.

Posted by: tgr2469 | December 18, 2007 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Mormons do believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers just as you and I are brothers. We are all children of God. Jesus followed Gods will while Satan went into opposition to Gods will. He chose to do oppose Gods will.
No Mormon believes that Adam is the God of this world. This statement was taken out of context of an address of President Brigham Young. It is still in print in many anti-Mormon publications. Check what you read.

Posted by: donshippey | December 18, 2007 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Give it up Mitt. You need to have a tete a tete with JC to make amends for this faux pas. Might not hurt to apologize to the American Public while you're in a Contrite mood.

Posted by: puciret | December 17, 2007 8:33 PM | Report abuse

In the past the Mormon Church as eliminated and changed its writings and doctrines many times.

Past Mormon writings recant that Jesus and Lucifer were brothers, and Jesus obeyed God the father, and Lucifer rebelled. Thus Jesus was rewarded as Savior, and Lucifer was made the Devil.

Mormons also believe that Adam, from the garden of eden, is the God of this planet. This doctrine was removed from writing in 1921/

HUCKABEE WAS CORRECT...

Posted by: framdisera | December 17, 2007 7:07 PM | Report abuse

What an absolute shame. As a pseudo representative of the Mormon faith and with his penchant for dishonesty and depravity, Ronmney is singlehandedly erasing decades of respect the church has earned.

I am sad to say that some Latter-day Saints, when called to account for their tacit or explicit support of Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy , resort to intractable rationalizations of his behavior that extend well beyond the acceptable limits of such tolerances for other public officials and political candidates. Rather than muster the courage to admit falling victim to mass Romney-hysteria, many are content to ignore and even defend the obvious inconsistencies, depravities and deceptions Romney has exhibited throughout his political and professional life. Those who would continue their support of Mitt Romney do so at their peril, however. Regardless of whether or not Mitt Romney gets the republican nomination, those who compromised their values or maintained their ignorance for Romney's sake will be cheapened spiritually by their complicity in glory lusting at the expense of their integrity.

Mark my words, Romney's presidential candidacy will set the church back a decade. If he is elected - shutter - Romney will set the church back a generation.

Posted by: Ivanruss_2000 | December 17, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Getting a B rating from the NRA isn't respectable. It's despicable.

Posted by: easterpig | December 17, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post should get their facts straight before throwing stones.

Posted by: panagoplos | December 17, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

If you're a Republican who criticized John Kerry for being a flip-flopper, can you really say with a straight face that you support Romney? Nobody has done more flopping and pandering than Mitt.

Posted by: higginsrj | December 17, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm a gun owner that believes Mitt Romney will protect 2nd ammendment rights as well as anyone in the campaign. In addition he is the best qualified candidate in the race. It will be the country's loss if he is not our next president.

Mitt 2008

Posted by: dkajkr | December 17, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Until 1992 Bill Clinton and Al Gore both had NRA support. They changed their positions when seeking the Presidency. If that's the way the game is played, I'm willing to vote in the final election for a Republican with a bad record who sincerely agrees to be pro-NRA as President. There's no point giving the primary victory to an unelectable candidate.

But if the winner of the nomination stabs us in the back the way Bob Dole did in 1996, then I'll vote for a third party in the general election just as I did then.

Posted by: fsilber | December 17, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

How in the world can a guy like Mitt Romney be truthful to America when he can't be truthful to himself. He will need more this his 250 million to buy his soul back, the American spirit is "not"for sale.

Posted by: TYSPOCK | December 17, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS GIVE TWO THUMBS UP FOR MITT ROMNEY AS THE ENDORSEMENTS FROM THE INTELLIGENT, FAMILY-LOVING LEADERS IN AMERICA KEEP POURING IN!!

Posted by: Matt_Damon | December 17, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Amen to the previous post: "I think the attacks on Romney by the media including this one by Tim Russert and Michael Shear are disproportionate with their treatment of the other candidates. They are in the realm of entrapment and very mean spirited. Romney has been very clear and specific on what his possition is on gun control. Trying to exploit a misunderstanding is a cheap shoot."

Posted by: globetrecker1 | December 17, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Re: "though i sent Huckabee 50 bucks to honor his directness, humility and integrity!."

As far as I've seen Huckabee has yet to indicate he was wrong when claiming that Mormons believed that Jesus and Satan were brothers. He apologized to Romney for bringing religion into the discussion which is something different.

Personally I doubt that Huckabee even believed that nonsense to begin with; I rather suspect he just thought it would be something neat to fly around Evangelical circles in Iowa before the primary.

Posted by: James10 | December 17, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Re: "Mitt Romney now has less grey hair than he did when he was running for the Senate some thirteen years ago."

Fact Check!

Here's Romney in the debate with Kennedy in 1994.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9IJUkYUbvI

Here's a Romney photo from Sunday.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jWbI2rULUHnQwe-83Fd1Pb2lT8-wD8TIS6D80

So what's your problem pali2500?

Posted by: James10 | December 17, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

RE: "Which leads up to the newspaper claim;

With over 150 Million homes connected to the internet, half of our population, all other forms of media are nearly obsolete."

You might want to fact check that one. There are 300 million people in the US, I don't think each person has their own home.

Jim

Posted by: James10 | December 17, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Is it necessary to print the repeated beginning of a statement by the interviewee. This is just mean spirited journalism. Examples: "And, and, and" and "what I, what I". I can't see any reason for doing this accept to belittle the candidate.

Posted by: bryantford | December 17, 2007 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I think the attacks on Romney by the media including this one by Tim Russert and Michael Shear are disproportionate with their treatment of the other candidates. They are in the realm of entrapment and very mean spirited. Romney has been very clear and specific on what his possition is on gun control. Trying to exploit a misunderstanding is a cheap shoot.

Posted by: bryantford | December 17, 2007 9:35 AM | Report abuse

His performance and beliefs were scary on MTP. When pressed, Romney backs down from ridiculous assertion that freedom requires religion, yet replaced it with the even more outreageous claim that morality requires religion. Yet, in 45 minutes, the man told more lies than I, a secular person, do in a month. I guess his definition of morality has a complete disregard for truth. A real piece of work.

Posted by: merganser | December 17, 2007 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney is a shameless panderer and a serial prevaricator. He told the liberals he was one of them for more than ten years; now suddenly, he tells the evangelicals he is one of them. Anyone who believes a word out of Mitt's mouth is a candidate for the PT Barnum Award: There's a fool born every minute.

And while the other candidates have issues in their histories, at least all of them have shown some spine, some heart, and at least a modicum of honesty, none of which are part of this genteel crocodile's character or lack thereof. What a phony!

Posted by: northlite | December 17, 2007 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I am a registered Republican but think of myself today as an Independent who will be voting for Obama; though i sent Huckabee 50 bucks to honor his directness, humility and integrity!

Romney is too packaged for me; like a sugar-coated dose of casteroil.

Posted by: jgotsch1 | December 17, 2007 8:19 AM | Report abuse

I am a registered Republican but think of myself today as an Independent who will be voting for Obama; though i sent Huckabee 50 bucks to honor his directness, humility and integrity!

Romney is too packaged for me; like a sugar-coated dose of casteroil.

Posted by: jgotsch1 | December 17, 2007 8:18 AM | Report abuse

If the pressure of being interviewed by Tim Russert so upset Romney, what would the pressure of governing as President do? I would foresee a very busy White House spokesperson explaning what his boss really meant to say was not what he said (I guess we should be used to that by now).

Posted by: Sutter | December 17, 2007 7:22 AM | Report abuse

By an extraordinary reversal of the natural order, Mitt Romney now has less grey hair than he did when he was running for the Senate some thirteen years ago.

Why would a man of his wealth (an estimated $250 million) and age (60) dye his hair?

Insecurity?

Vanity?

Whatever it is, it does not speak well of him.

Posted by: pali2500 | December 17, 2007 6:49 AM | Report abuse

The Howard Dean is now coming out of Mitt Romney. His Yeee Ahhh type of speeches in Iowa proves that. I'll go to Iowa, win that then I'll go to New Hampshire and win that and I'll go to Wyoming and win that and so on......

sounds like another Yeee Ahhh speech from Howard Dean. Mitt Romney can't connect with the ordinary voters out there. With his $250 million bank account, he just doesnt get it. He is more worried about himself and the huge picture that he will have posted on the wall of the White House of him and his pose than the average American voter.

Mitt Romney was the first candidate to pay for a TV ad to slam Mike Huckabee. Instead of taking the money to talk about the things he did he uses it to take cheap shots at his own party. That's really disgusting to say the least.

The American voters really like Mike Huckabee's authenticity, humbleness and trustworthy character. He is so likeable and down to earth. It all starts with character.

Posted by: vote4mikehuckabee | December 17, 2007 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Slick Mitt you say.

Here is what the Huckabee camp is doing

"MoniQue-Tucson, AZ
12/16/2007 08:31 PM

" Remember you must be registered as a Republican for your vote to count in the primaries.

REMEMBER TO REGISTER TODAY AS A REPUBLICAN (you can switch back after the primarires).

HUCKABEE NEEDS ALL OUR VOTES!

REGISTER AS A REPUBLICAN ASAP:

http://www.rockthevote.com/rtv_register.php

all you need to do is register and it will change your status.

Deadlines depend on the state but best to do NOW to make sure your vote counts in the primaries."

I am shocked that anyone would pull for such a dishonest stunt. This is why America is in trouble. I'm embarrassed for your lack of integrity in calling for such action. I hope Huckabee is more honest than you are being.

Posted by: manwaringjd | December 17, 2007 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Slick Mitt will say and do anything to get in the white house. The only thing I know about Mitt is that he is one two face flip flopping hustling fool.

Posted by: McFox1 | December 16, 2007 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Ethical violations are in the hands of the voters now. Which means the Huckster's score is around two dozen and Romney is nipping at his heels. Both are proven clowns.

Which leads up to the newspaper claim;

With over 150 Million homes connected to the internet, half of our population, all other forms of media are nearly obsolete.

Posted by: Winghunter | December 16, 2007 9:39 PM | Report abuse

as endorsements go--newspapers leverage the most influence on the voter--for a log of recent endorsements and how the new york times and los angeles times fit in--see

reconpresseusa--presidential candidate endorsment log--

http://www.geocities.com/desertrecon/news.html

Posted by: reconpresseusa | December 16, 2007 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Number of times fined for ethical violations,

Mitt Romney: Zero.

Mike Huckabee: Six.

Posted by: jfrench | December 16, 2007 8:37 PM | Report abuse

"This article contains two factual errors in seven paragraphs. "

Makes it considerably more accurate than any statement ever made by Mitt Romney or his campaign!

Posted by: thrh | December 16, 2007 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it was 1994 when Willard Mitt Romney ran to the LEFT of Ted Kennedy for his senate seat...you're quite right.

Problem is, what's this clown doing running on a republican ticket now?? AND who besides his bank account could be foolish enough to support a whining liberal with a record of mandating insurance to a free people OR permanently banning firearms for an entire state!?

Romney Signs Off On Permanent Assault Weapons Ban 7/8/04
"Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts," Romney said, at a bill signing ceremony on July 1 with legislators, sportsmen's groups and gun safety advocates. "These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people."
http://www.iberkshires.com/story.php?story_id=14812

Romney's Long Time Hunter Boast Blasted
http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/05/romney.hunting.ap/index.html

Will You Be Mitt Romney's Cheap Date?
http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/article3648.html/

Posted by: Winghunter | December 16, 2007 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Russert is the most obvious questioner on television.

There was not one question asked that Romney and his aides could not and would not have anticipated.

Russert simply gives the people on his program the opportunity to justify and explain away all those tricky little things that have may have caused raised eyebrows (prior to appearing with Russert).

Why doesn't Russert ask more incisive, revealing questions?

Laziness or pandering would be my guess.

Posted by: pali2500 | December 16, 2007 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Shear, did you even bother fact checking the email from rival campaigns? Or did you copy and paste?
GOVERNOR
(R) MITT ROMNEY B
(D) SHANNON P. O'BRIEN B

Why don't you put up the whole answer? It was obvious that he meant the support of the NRA to reduce regulation.

Posted by: mikeVA1 | December 16, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

The Republican candidates are like watching the keystone kops. They run around wildly, bumping into each other and serve no other purpose than to amuse the masses. The sad thing is that there are Americans who take them as serious candidates and will vote for them. But then they voted for a silly fool like George W. Bush so what can you expect? Certainly not intelligence.

Posted by: julianbfreund | December 16, 2007 6:55 PM | Report abuse

As Ronald Reagan would say about Willard "Mitt having a fit" Romney, the weird Mormon - "there you go again" making up a more glamorous story about himself to impress others naive with his lying prowess and covering his self-financed campaign to be "KING" - NOT !!!!

Posted by: danglingwrangler | December 16, 2007 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Do you support Mitt Romney's position to ban Assault Weapons?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=1318

.

Posted by: jeffboste | December 16, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Awww....what's a few more lies among Republicans? It's like breathing for them - automatic.

Posted by: Jerryvov | December 16, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

This article contains two factual errors in seven paragraphs.

Posted by: harold2 | December 16, 2007 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Actually, according to the 2002 NRA-PVF Political Preference Chart (www.nrapvf.org/ELECTIONS/State.aspx?y=2002&State=MA), Romney was rated a "B" by the NRA in the 2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial race and his Democratic opponent, Shannon O'Brien, was also rated a "B" -- with no endorsement of either candidate by the NRA. Carla Howell, Libertarian Party nominee was rated an "A" in that race.

Posted by: insrgnt | December 16, 2007 6:24 PM | Report abuse

What's new? Another Romney fabrication. This guy is a joke, and yet I think he's going to win the republican nomination. Shows you were the GOP's heads are at this days.

Posted by: lumi21us | December 16, 2007 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Romney was a US Senate candidate in 1994 -- not 1996.

Posted by: brianflem23 | December 16, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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