FORMERNATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTENDORSES HAYWORTH
Phoenix, AZ (JUNE 3)- The former president of theNational Rifle Association, Bob Corbin, today endorsed U.S. Senate Candidate J.D. Hayworth in his bid to unseatSen. John McCain. "With an Obama Administration that is openly hostile to our rights as gun owners, we need a Senator like J.D. Hayworth protecting theSecond Amendment," Corbin said. In addition to formerly serving as the president of theNRA, Corbin also served 12 years as Arizona's Attorney General. "For 12 years while he was in Congress, J.D. maintained a perfect 'A' rating from both the NRA and theGun Owners of America," Corbin said.
On May 25, 2010, the NRA's Political Victory Fund sent Hayworth a letter again giving him an "A" rating.
Hayworth said he was honored to have Corbin's endorsement along with the endorsement of Gun Owners of America in his campaign against Sen. McCain. In endorsing Hayworth, the Gun Owners of America said: "John McCainhas gone out of his way to earn the ire of conservatives and gun owners in his 20-plus years as a U.S. Senator fromArizona."
Hayworth said: "Sen. McCain and I have real differences on the issue of guns and gun rights. In fact, the NRA called McCain 'one of the premierflag carriersfor the enemies of the second amendment'." McCain's lifetime NRA rating is C+ for favoring a ban on small, inexpensive handguns, authoring a bill to close the "gun show loophole," and wanting pilots to carry stun guns instead of hand guns. "OfficialWashingtontends to side with Washington insiders especially when they are incumbents," said Hayworth spokesman Mark Sanders. "But people in Arizona are proud to stand with Hayworth who is a true defender of gun rights."