Kerry Flip-Flops. Again. Blame Placed on Aides. Again.
No “Assault Rifle” After All.
And we should be surprised… Why? (Hat tip, Instapundit.)
By JODI WILGOREN
Published: New York Times, September 27, 2004
Senator John Kerry’s campaign said yesterday that Mr. Kerry did not own a Chinese assault rifle, as he was quoted as saying in Outdoor Life magazine, but a single-bolt-action military rifle, blaming aides who filled out the magazine’s questionnaire on his behalf for the error.
Michael Meehan, a spokesman for the campaign, said Mr. Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, owns two guns, a double-barreled 12-gauge shotgun and the rifle, which Mr. Meehan said Mr. Kerry “keeps as a relic” and had never fired. Mr. Meehan said the gun had no make or model markings on it and that Mr. Kerry “got it from a friend years ago,” adding that such rifles were first manufactured in Russia more than 100 years ago and were used by the North Koreans and the Vietcong.
The clarification came in response to an article yesterday in The New York Times quoting Mr. Kerry’s response to a question by Outdoor Life: “What is your favorite gun?”
“My favorite gun is the M-16 that saved my life and that of my crew in Vietnam,” said Mr. Kerry, a veteran, according to the October issue. “I don’t own one of those now, but one of my reminders of my service is a Communist Chinese assault rifle.”
Though the comment was presented by Outdoor Life as part of an “exclusive interview with the two presidential candidates,” four pages that included many long, conversational answers using first-person pronouns, Mr. Meehan said Mr. Kerry’s portions were written by his staff. A public relations representative for Outdoor Life did not respond to a message seeking comment.
Wow. Two whole guns. And he hunts deer with his trap gun? Crawls through the mud with it?
I figured something like this would come out. Kerry’s stupid enough and haughty enough to actually have an AK-47 bring-back and admit to it, but as soon as the SHTF, he’d deny, deny, deny. After all, laws are for the little people don’tcha know?
With a staff as obviously incompetent as it is, this man expects us to select him for President? He can’t select a decent staff. We’re to believe he can select a competent cabinet? And what about Supreme Court justices?
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin shows why she’s a professional, and I’m just an amateur at this.