November 3, 2015

Report: Clinton Was Largely Silent On Gun Control In 2008

Today, as Hillary Clinton launches a new TV ad touting her support for gun control, Politico reminds its readers that Clinton wasn’t always the anti-gun crusader she’s trying to be today:

Seeking to combat the perception that he is against gun control, [Bernie] Sanders has also brought up the issue on the stump — marking a shift from the 2008 presidential campaign, when Democrats did not uniformly speak out for such gun restrictions so openly.

Clinton in particular was largely silent on the issue when she ran in 2008, except when criticizing Barack Obama for what she called his “elitist” and “out of touch” comments that some Pennsylvanians are “bitter, they cling to their guns.”

In fact, Clinton even sent out a mailer in the midst of the 2008 campaign attacking Obama for flip-flopping on guns. That’s something Jake Tapper questioned Clinton about last month:

While Clinton said she “would characterize what happened in ’08 very differently,” the truth is Clinton did in fact try to portray herself in an entirely different light in 2008 in order to outflank Obama on the right. Here are some headlines from that race:

The New York Times’ Headline: Clinton Portrays Herself As A Pro-Gun Churchgoer

CNN Headline: Clinton Touts Her Experience With Guns

But in 2015, desperate to shore up a different flank of the Democratic Party, Clinton has changed her tune.