Romney's NRA Speech Positions Him as a Champion of 'Freedom'

"When Romney against Ted Kennedy ran for Senate in Massachusetts on a platform of gun-control measures like the Brady Bill and assault-weapons ban, he asserted, 'I don't line up with the NRA,'" Strickland wrote. "Now he's going to stand before that same group and-- with a straight face-- tell its members that he's one of them. That dog won't hunt, as the saying goes."

Strickland wrote that Romney also failed to follow through on a promise to veto efforts to weaken state gun laws and actually made them worse when he was governor of Massachusetts.

Strickland also highlighted Romney's infamous past hunting rhetoric.

"I'd put President Barack Obama's record up against Romney's any day," Strickland wrote. "The president has made clear that he supports and respects the Second Amendment, and through three years in office he's done exactly that. The NRA may not always agree with the president, but the American people know where he stands."

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as well as Rick Santorum, who suspended his campaign April 10, were also slated to address the NRA Friday afternoon.

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