Romney the Big Game Hunter
Once again, Mitt does himself in by trying to be what he's not
To hear Mitt Romney talk on the campaign trail, you might think the Republican presidential candidate had a gun rack in the back of his pickup truck.
"I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I've been a hunter pretty much all my life," he said this week in Keene, N.H., to a man sporting a National Rifle Association cap.
Yet the former Massachusetts governor's hunting experience is limited to two trips at the bookends of his 60 years: as a 15-year-old, when he hunted rabbits with his cousins on a ranch in Idaho, and last year, when he shot quail on a fenced game preserve in Georgia.
You know, Mitt, it's no shame that you've not hunted a lot; I think my last trip was after birds with a friend's BB gun around age 12. I am a good shot at the range, but you don't go hunting with a pistol and I certainly wouldn't go claiming to be any kind of hunter. Don't pretend to be a NASCAR fan or a golf nut if it isn't you. Show us what you really do. Even Kerry did that with his bicycling and that weird kite-surfing thing.
I hate to keep bagging on this guy, because I really do like him and find his resume incredibly compelling. But he doesn't seem to realize that you have to be honest with the people to get their vote.
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