NRA Delivers New Ad in Spanish
Updated 5:34 p.m.
By Ed O'Keefe
The latest TV ad from the National Rifle Association yokes immigration fears to the gun rights debate by raising the specter of crime by illegals before noting that Barack Obama voted against a 2004 Illinois bill to provide additional legal protections to individuals defending themselves with firearms against home-invading criminals.
The ad will air in both English and Spanish on broadcast and cable stations in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas through Election Day.
"Families should be able to defend themselves against rapists, drug dealers and other criminals illegally crossing our borders," says Andy Vaquera, who is described in the spot as a retired Texas police officer and NRA member. "But Barack Obama didn't think we should be allowed to use a firearm for self-defense. He even voted to allow the prosecution of people who used firearms to defend their families in their own homes."
Vaquera repeats the same script virtually word-for-word in the Spanish commercial. This is the first Spanish ad for the gun rights group this cycle, though the NRA has aired messages in Spanish before.
In the ad, Vaquera references a 2004 Illinois General Assembly bill that extended legal protections to gun owners who used their firearms in self-defense within their own home. The bill, which made no reference to immigration or the legal status of those involved, passed in spite of Obama's opposition.
"We're looking at his vote record," says NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam, noting that the Obama campaign and other gun groups frequently cite statements the senator has made in speeches or debates to defend his gun record. "He has had a solid record of voting against gun rights and hunting rights. What matters to us is your record, not your rhetoric."
The NRA's anti-Obama Web site, GunBanObama.com, cites eight votes the senator has cast over the course of his tenure as a state and U.S. senator.
These latest commercials are part of an NRA ad campaign on radio, broadcast and cable that will likely cost eight figures by Election Day.
Even though the ad makes visual and verbal references to illegal immigrants, the NRA has no stated position on immigration, said Arulanandam.
Posted at 11:40 AM ET on Oct 1, 2008
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