Clinton misspeaks about experience with guns

The Boston Herald has this interesting discussion:

Vice president Dick Cheney has challenged Hillary Clinton to a shooting match to test whether her professed love of guns is real or not.

A day after the Democratic presidential candidate discussed her fond memories of shooting with her father, Cheney threw down the gauntlet.

“To be frank, Hillary Clinton’s stories about her adventures with guns don’t exactly pass the smell test,” Cheney told Tim Russert on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ yesterday.

“If she really wants to show that she knows how to handle a rifle, there’s an easy way to do that: meet me in the woods.”

Clinton touted her experience with guns as she continued a weekend tirade against her Democratic rival Barack Obama’s controversial comments about “bitter” working-class voters, frustrated by economic woes and immigration, who “cling to guns or religion.” Obama later said he “regretted” the comments.

The New York senator called Obama “elitist” and “out of touch” before reminiscing about shooting trips with her father and downing shots and beer with supporters in Indiana.

But shortly after Cheney’s challenge, Clinton said she had “misspoke” about her gun exploits as a child. “I fired a gun once, but I didn’t like it, and I didn’t recoil,” she said. . . .

This is particularly funny given her previous discussion about going duck hunting with a rifle. So her story is that she only shot a gun once, it was a rifle and she took down a duck with that one single shot.

Sonya Jones alerted me this morning that something is strange with this piece in that it was taken down by the Boston Herald sometime during the night.

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Blogger AlanDP said...

It's also funny because it sounds a lot like Bill's "but I didn't inhale" remark.

4/14/2008 6:14 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

The source for the Boston Herald story is a satire piece by Andy Borowitz (www.borowitzreport.com)

Maybe the Herald should check their source...

4/14/2008 10:47 AM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Thanks. Sonya had alerted me to this problem, but I appreciate you filling in the details.

4/14/2008 11:18 AM  

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