Obama Talks Guns to Idaho Crowd

By Dotcomabc

Feb 2, 2008 4:23pm

ABC’s Sunlen Miller reports: In his first visit to Idaho as a presidential candidate, Obama channeled the movie "Groundhog Day" -– on Groundhog day — accidentally flashing back to days of campaigning in Iowa.

Telling the 10,000 person Boise crowd not to believe false ideas spread about him, Obama said: "We’ve heard the usual sort of smear campaigns, I don’t know if they’ve trickled up to Iowa," Obama mistakenly said, then quickly corrected his location, "Idaho. I know they were in Iowa."

The quick recovery gave way to Obama going through his classic stump speech –- a tactic that Obama campaign strategists say is important in the final days before Super Tuesday -– as Obama has to introduce himself to states for the first time in a condensed schedule.

Appealing to the Idaho crowd, Obama threw in one extra line for his western audience, addressing gun rights, "There are people who say he doesn’t believe in the Second Amendment," Obama told the crowd, "We got a lot hunters in the state of Illinois and I have no intention of taking away folks’ guns."

While Obama’s intention not is to not take away or ban guns, but is an advocate for gun control -– this consistency of his stance has been brought into question in the past. Obama said on a questionnaire in 1996 that he "supported banning the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns." Later he countered that this questionnaire was filled out by an aide who misrepresented his views. Since, he has had a legislative record supporting restrictions on gun ownership.

Obama’s tour moves to the Midwest with stops later today in Minnesota and Missouri.

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