The Washington Post reported that Sarah Brady said Obama told her his administration is “working on it,” likely referring to gun control. And Brady then tells the Post Obama said, “We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”
President Obama has a long-standing, negative view of personal gun ownership. In a 1996 gun questionnaire he completed, he checked off that he was a member of the New Party [Socialist], will approve a single payer system for Illinois, approve abortions as young as 12 or 13 possibly, ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns…
Check out the form Obama completed in 1996 with his handwriting on it:
Obama Forgets Writing on Gun Questionnaire
ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Talal Al-Khatib Report: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., maintained at Wednesday’s ABC News debate in Philadelphia that his handwriting does not appear on a 1996 questionnaire stating support for a ban on the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns. The Democratic presidential frontrunner made this claim even though a copy of the original document suggests otherwise.
“No, my writing wasn’t on that particular questionnaire, Charlie. As I said, I have never favored an all-out ban on handguns,” said Obama.
The Illinois Democrat made his remarks after ABC News’ Charlie Gibson told Obama: “In 1996, your campaign issued a questionnaire, and your writing was on the questionnaire that said you favored a ban on handguns.”
The questionnaire, which was filled out for an organization called “Independent Voters of Illinois – Independent Precinct Organizations,” appears to have Obama’s handwriting on the first page plus a typewritten answer to the gun question on the last page.
Read the questionnaire with the handwriting here. [See Video]
Read an accompanying story from Politico here. [N/A]
The questionnaire asked: “Do you support state legislation to: ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns?”
Obama’s campaign answered: “Yes.”
Obama’s response to an earlier 1996 questionnaire from the same group has the same statement of support for a sweeping ban on handguns.
Read the earlier questionnaire here. [See Video]
When asked about the gun questionnaire with the handwriting on it, Obama adviser Robert Gibbs did not dispute that the writing was Obama’s.
Rather than defend Obama’s claim that his handwriting was not on the questionnaire, Gibbs argued that voters should instead focus on the Illinois Democrat’s claim that he does not — and has never — supported a handgun ban.
Asked why his 1996 campaign manager would think that he supported a handgun ban if that was never his position, Gibbs said, “Why she filled out the questionnaire the way she did I have no idea because it didn’t reflect his views.” [Emboldened by IS]
The Clinton campaign swiftly rebuked Obama’s unsupported claim that his handwriting was not on the questionnaire.
“He did not give a defensible answer,” said Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson. [SGD Networks]
Republican Party of Iowa: Obama’s gun stance – Unconstitutional
Contact: Caleb Hunter 515-282-8105
Obama’s constant policy shifts create a credibility problem with Iowa voters
Des Moines – Today’s Supreme Court decision overturning the Washington, DC gun ban sent shockwaves through the presidential race in Iowa.
Barack Obama’s extreme, and now, unconstitutional position on the Second Amendment highlights his unfitness to be Commander-in-Chief. In 1996, while campaigning for the Illinois Legislature Barack Obama responded to a questionnaire indicating he supported banning the sale, manufacturing and ownership of guns. He is also on the record as supporting the Washington, DC gun ban.
“Iowans take their Second Amendment rights very seriously. Obama’s extremely liberal position on guns is just another example of him being out of step with a vast majority of Iowans,” said Stewart Iverson, Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. “The more Iowans get to know Obama’s positions on issues like gun control, the fewer votes he will get in November.”
After the survey became an issue in the Democratic Primary, Obama tried to will it away. He claimed to have not filled out the survey, even though his handwriting was on it and the organization responsible for the survey reported they interviewed Obama personally during the 1996 campaign.
“Obama’s constantly revolving positions on several major issues in the Presidential race illustrate he is more concerned with the acquisition of power instead of holding deeply felt beliefs,” Iverson continued. “From public financing of campaigns, to NAFTA, to guns, Barack Obama’s policy flip-flops have created a severe credibility problem with Iowa voters.”
In the first major decision regarding the Second Amendment, the US Supreme Court ruled that the 32 year-old gun ban in Washington, DC is in violation of the constitutional rights of the residents of that city.
OBAMA CAMPAIGN’S RESPONSE TO HIS SUPPORT OF BANNING HANDGUNS IS MISLEADING
Obama Filled Out ’96 Questionnaire Indicating Support For Banning Handguns, Claimed He Didn’t Fill It Out:
In Response To A 1996 Independent Voters Of Illinois Questionnaire, Obama Indicated That He Supported Banning The “Manufacture, Sale And Possession Of Handguns.” Question from a 1996 Independent Voters of Illinois questionnaire: “Do you support state legislation to … ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns?” Obama’s answer: “Yes.” (Independent Voters Of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization 1996 General Candidate Questionnaire, Barack Obama Responses, 9/9/96)
Obama’s Campaign Claims He Did Not Fill Out The Questionnaire. “Aides claim Obama did not fill out the questionnaire, and instead it was handled by a staffer who misrepresented his views on gun control, the death penalty and more.” (Todd Venezia, “Going Barack & Forth,” The New York Post, 12/23/07)
• Obama Spokesman Ben LaBolt: “Obama never saw the ‘96 IVI-IPO state Senate questionnaire — it was filled out by a staffer who unintentionally mischaracterized his views on a number of issues …” (Lynn Sweet, “The Past Haunts Obama?” Chicago Sun-Times, 12/12/07)
• “LaBolt Said The Staffer Was Then-Obama State Senate Campaign Manager Carol Harwell, Who Could Not Be Reached … For Comment.” (Lynn Sweet, “The Past Haunts Obama?” Chicago Sun-Times, 12/12/07)
During 4/16 Dem. Debate, Obama Falsely Claimed His Handwriting Did Not Appear On Questionnaire. “Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., maintained at Wednesday’s ABC News debate in Philadelphia that his handwriting does not appear on a 1996 questionnaire stating support for a ban on the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns. The Democratic presidential frontrunner made this claim even though a copy of the original document suggests otherwise. … When asked about the gun questionnaire with the handwriting on it, Obama adviser Robert Gibbs did not dispute that the writing was Obama’s.” (Teddy Davis and Talal Al-Khatib, “Obama Forgets Writing On Gun Questionnaire,” ABC News’ “Political Radar” Blog, http://www.abcnews.com, 4/18/08)
• 4/16 Dem. Debate Included Obama False Claim On Questionnaire. “On guns, moderator Charles Gibson asked about a questionnaire with Obama’s writing on one page and an answer on another that said Obama favored banning handguns. Obama answered: ‘No, my writing wasn’t on that particular questionnaire, Charlie. As I said, I have never favored an all-out ban on handguns.’ The Clinton campaign helpfully handed out copies of the questionnaire later that did have Obama’s writing on it, and the gun opposition. The Obama camp insists Obama did not see the relevant page, or another in a similar questionnaire.” (Michael McAuliff, “Pushing Wafles,” [New York] Daily News’ “Mouth Of The Potomac” Blog, http://www.nydailynews.com, 4/17/08)
A Spokesman For IVI-IPO Denies The Campaign’s Claims. “A spokesman for the Illinois group said the excuse is ridiculous because they interviewed him in person.” (Todd Venezia, “Going Barack & Forth,” The New York Post, 12/23/07)
Amended Version Of ’96 Questionnaire Leads To Further Skepticism Of Obama’s Claims. “During his first run for elected office, Barack Obama played a greater role than his aides now acknowledge in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion — positions that appear at odds with the more moderate image he has projected during his presidential campaign. The evidence comes from an amended version of an Illinois voter group’s detailed questionnaire, filed under his name during his 1996 bid for a state Senate seat.” (Kenneth P. Vogel, “Obama Had Great Role In Liberal Survey,” Politico, 3/31/08)
• “Obama Was Actually Interviewed.” “[A] Politico examination determined that Obama was actually interviewed about the issues on the questionnaire by the liberal Chicago nonprofit group that issued it. And it found that Obama — the day after sitting for the interview — filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama’s own handwritten notes added to one answer.” (Kenneth P. Vogel, “Obama Had Great Role In Liberal Survey,” Politico, 3/31/08)
• “Unbelievable” Obama Never Saw Questionnaire. “Dobry, Patt and current IVI-IPO state chairman David K. Igasaki, a Clinton supporter, agreed Obama likely didn’t write every word of his campaign’s 1996 answers. But they all dismissed as unbelievable his presidential campaign’s assertion that Obama never saw or signed off on the state Senate questionnaires.” (Kenneth P. Vogel, “Obama Had Great Role In Liberal Survey,” Politico, 3/31/08) [Iowa Politics]
In A 2004 Candidate Questionnaire, Obama Supported Banning So-Called Assault Weapons. Question: Do you support legislation to ban the manufacture, sale and possession of assault weapons? Obama’s Response: Yes. (Lynn Sweet, Obama’s 2003 IVI-IPO Questionnaire May Be Getting Closer Scrutiny, Chicago Sun-Times The Scoop From Washington Blog, http://blogs.suntimes.com, 12/11/07) “