Campaigning in Cincinnati, McCain claimed Obama has reversed course on the issue. Obama told FOX Business Network he's been consistent.
The Democrat's campaign said a spokesman made an "inartful" statement when he said in November that Obama believed the D.C. law was constitutional. But Obama himself did not correct a debate moderator who repeated the position in February.
"You said in Idaho recently, I'm quoting here, 'I have no intention of taking away folks' guns.' But you support the D.C. handgun ban and you've said that it's constitutional," said the moderator, Leon Harris of Washington television station WJLA. Obama nodded as Harris spoke and said: "Right, right."
"How can you reconcile those two different positions?" Harris asked.
Obama answered that the United States has conflicting traditions of gun ownership and street violence that results from illegal handgun use. "So, there is nothing wrong, I think, with a community saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets," Obama said.
The Obama campaign argued that Obama was simply acknowledging the question by saying "right."
In other instances, Obama refused to articulate a position when asked whether he thought the D.C. ban was constitutional.
The campaign would not answer directly Thursday when asked whether the candidate agreed with the court that the D.C. ban was unconstitutional, simply pointing back to his statement.
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This new blog created by David Benkof is interesting and worth reading on the gay marriage debate. He describes himself as "openly bisexual", but he is against sodomy based on his Jewish faith. He also appears to understand and appreciate how all this focus on the "right" for gays to "marriage equlaity" hurts religious freedom—he has a whole category devoted to it.
While I can't say I agree with everything he writes he sure is bold to go against the tide of what he terms "GayThink". He is articulate in explaining, for example, why gay issues aren't the same as civil rights issues and he does so without becoming as snarky as I get on that false comparison.
Like I said, can't agree with everything the man writes, but it's truly a site which challenges the prevailing mindless gay-euphoria.