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NRA Runs Anti-Obama Ads in Va

Anita Kumar

The National Rifle Association, which had to halt plans to run anti-Barack Obama ads on Election Day because newspapers declined to run them, found a home for its ads today.

Two days before Tuesday's historic election, the NRA is running full-page ads in some Virginia newspapers listing eight reasons to vote against the Democratic pesidential nominee under the banner "Can Obama be Trusted to Protect Your Gun Rights? You Decide."

The NRA, based in Fairfax County, contacted some newspapers in Virginia and other battleground states about wrapping their newspapers Tuesday in plastic bags that would read: "Vote for Freedom... Defeat Obama." Two of the state's biggest newspapers, the Virginian-Pilot and Richmond Times-Dispatch, declined the ads.

The NRA endorsed Republican presidential nominee John McCain. The group's political action committee created an anti-Obama Website that says he "would be the most anti-gun president in American history."

"In his many trips to the Commonwealth, Sen. Obama has spoken directly to Virginians about his unequivocal support for Second Amendment rights,'' said Clark Stevens, a spokesman for Obama in Virginia. "Once again the NRA is launching last minute, false attacks -- something that Virginia voters have come to expect every election cycle."

By Anita Kumar  |  November 2, 2008; 10:54 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Campaign Ads , Election 2008/President , John McCain  
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