Mitt Romney’s spokesman released excerpts from his NRA speech today:
“As President, I’ll honor the right of decent, law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms in defense of their families and property and for all other lawful purposes, including the common defense.
“And I’ll ask Congress to repeal the McCain-Feingold law, which sought to impose restrictions on the First Amendment rights of groups like the NRA to advocate for issues we care about. Some parts have already been declared unconstitutional. We ought to get rid of the entire bill.
“Finally, let me say that one of the most active fronts in the fight to preserve our Second Amendment rights today is being waged in the courts. Lawsuits have been filed seeking to take away the individual’s right to bear arms. We have to look no further than the Parker case. I hope the Roberts Court takes the Parker case and upholds the Bill of Rights to protect gun owners everywhere.”
The first and last comments will no doubt be echoed by the other candidates including Rudy Giuliani (who spoke about his support for the Parker case in a press conference yesterday). The second seems squarely aimed at two rivals, McCain and Thompson( who co-sponsored the bill and defended McCain Feingold in an amicus brief in front of the Supreme Court just a few years ago). Romney’s appearance will be by videotape which his campaign said was necessitated by scheduling conflicts in Chicago and Indiana before his appearance in Mackinac Michigan.