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What is with this photo op?

post #1 of 15
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Why does every major presidential candidate have the hunting photo op? Does anyone else find this strange?

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/26/us...mpaign.html?hp
post #2 of 15
How much do you want to bet he won't be hunting with Dick Cheney
post #3 of 15
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How much do you want to bet he won't be hunting with Dick Cheney




I often felt bad for Cheney... that accident could have happened to anyone. He, however, will never live it down.
post #4 of 15
No, what difference does it make? I don't really like hunting but that would not sway my decision for who I'm voting for.
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No, what difference does it make? I don't really like hunting but that would not sway my decision for who I'm voting for.
It's just weird that so many of the candidates have nearly the exact same picture taken. Is there a huge hunting demographic in this country that could swing the election?

I know that this has a lot to do with showing open support for the Second Amendment, but I still find this odd.

EDIT: Perhaps it's the anti-duck demographic that they are courting!
post #6 of 15
The NRA has a lot of members. Getting the hunting photo op will help get support and contributions from all thoses NRA people.
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The NRA has a lot of members. Getting the hunting photo op will help get support and contributions from all thoses NRA people.
But in some of the photo ops you can just tell the person hasn't held a gun in like 35 years. I think John Edwards was out duck hunting and looked like a total idiot.

(Not that he's an idiot in the first place, but he didn't look comfortable)
post #8 of 15
Just because a politician dishes out Thanksgiving dinner in a soup kitchen doesn't mean that he is comfortable there. Just like the photo op with the guns, the campaign strategist told the politician to do it for the votes and to gain support and contributions from certain target groups.
post #9 of 15
Yep, they are trying to appeal to the NRA and the common-man demographic. Just trying to be one of the boys. As if!
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EDIT: Perhaps it's the anti-duck demographic that they are courting!




That must be it
post #11 of 15
Yeah, it's supposed to show that they are pro-gun, courting the NRA vote since that "shows" that they know how to use a firearm rather than just preaching about it at the podium. It was John Kerry who tried it last election, and looked like a duck out of water (pun intended). It was used by a lot of anti-Kerry groups with the phrase "That dog won't hunt!" So it doesn't always work the way they want it to.

I'm very much pro-Second Amendment, and those pics don't do a thing to sway me. Show me a voting record! That says a lot more to me than one staged photo op of them in orange and holding a likely unloaded shotgun.
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Yeah, it's supposed to show that they are pro-gun, courting the NRA vote since that "shows" that they know how to use a firearm rather than just preaching about it at the podium. It was John Kerry who tried it last election, and looked like a duck out of water (pun intended). It was used by a lot of anti-Kerry groups with the phrase "That dog won't hunt!" So it doesn't always work the way they want it to.

I'm very much pro-Second Amendment, and those pics don't do a thing to sway me. Show me a voting record! That says a lot more to me than one staged photo op of them in orange and holding a likely unloaded shotgun.
Except I do enjoy seeing them all cold and shivery like all us real hunters, LOL!
post #13 of 15
I don't understand it. If a candidate is shown hunting, it really turns me off from voting for them.
post #14 of 15
I don't doubt that Mr. Huckabee is indeed a hunter. My Pops is from Arkansas and used to make annual trips home, to go duck hunting with his dad and brothers.

Most people feel that politicians are out of touch, with how ordinary folks live and the hunting photos add a "common touch".
post #15 of 15
The only hunting I have seen and condoned EVER was when I was watching Jamie Oliver the other night and he went out and shot himself three partridges because he was doing a show on feathered game. He shot them, he plucked them then and there, he cooked them and he ate them. He was a good shot - no unnecessary suffering - and his comment `if you think about the birds that 90% of the people in Britain eat, the poor battery birds, this bird I've just shot has had a much happier, freer life'. Which is all part of his philosophy on eating the freshest, most organic, locally produced foods. That man can do no wrong for me anyway (lol) but I wish more people had that attitude instead of just trying to get an 18-point head for their wall.

If I were American and I saw every presidential candidate in a photo op hunting (especially if they weren't even a hunter to begin with but were just doing it to try and curry votes) I'd be put off them immediately.
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