Clinton Can’t Explain Gun Control Flip-Flop On “The Lead”
In an interview on CNN’s “The Lead” with Jake Tapper, Hillary Clinton was unable to defend her complete change in dialogue and tone on the topic of gun control from 2008.
Take a look at some of the headlines on Clinton’s gun control position from 2008:
The New York Times’ Headline: Clinton Portrays Herself As A Pro-Gun Churchgoer
CNN Headline: Clinton Touts Her Experience With Guns
In 2008, Clinton decided to be anti-gun control when running against Barack Obama in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, opposing “blanket rules” on guns from the federal government:
Amid a heated moment in the 2008 Democratic primary, in a debate against then-Illinois senator Barack Obama that April, Clinton argued that “having any kind of blanket rules” set by the federal government on guns “doesn’t make sense.”
Clinton made the comments in response to a question from moderator Charlie Gibson regarding whether she favors the licensing and registration of handguns.
Clinton’s 2008 pro-gun push came after Barack Obama insulted voters who didn’t support him:
Hillary Clinton appealed to Second Amendment supporters on Saturday by hinting that she has some experience of her own pulling triggers.
“I disagree with Sen. Obama’s assertion that people in our country cling to guns and have certain attitudes about trade and immigration simply out of frustration,” she began, referring to the Obama comments on small-town Americans that set off a political tumult on Friday.
In 2015, desperate to shore up a different flank of the Democratic Party, Clinton has changed her tune.