Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: GOP blocked 'Trump proposal' to lower drug prices Pentagon's suppressed waste report only tip of the inefficient machine Weather Channel strikes back at Breitbart MORE is downplaying the attacks by Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonFederal, state courts at odds on Michigan recount Denzel Washington blasts media for selling 'BS' Trump opening act questions Clinton's popular vote lead MORE on his gun policies, arguing that the Clinton campaign once similarly attacked President Obama.
“Today she’s attacking Bernie on guns. Eight years ago she attacked Barack ObamaBarack ObamaMarkos Moulitsas: Kill the filibuster David Webb: Act like winners Japanese PM Abe won't apologize at Pearl Harbor MORE on guns,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver wrote on the presidential candidate’s official Twitter account.
In the video, Obama discusses Clinton's attacks on his gun policies, accusing her of "playing politics."
“Today she’s attacking Bernie on guns. Eight years ago she attacked Barack Obama on guns.” - Jeff Weaver https://t.co/GZWK8jgvfB— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 9, 2016
The campaign also tweeted a photo of a Clinton postcard, which it says is from 2007, accusing Obama of shifting his stance on gun control.
The advertisement, which reads: “Where does Obama really stand on guns?” was released shortly after Obama’s controversial remarks suggesting that people in rural areas “cling to guns.” In the mailer, Clinton’s campaign accuses Obama of telling people in Iowa “he was for the Second Amendment, in order to get their votes.”
The Sanders campaign said of the advertisement: “Maybe Hillary Clinton should apologize for this.”
Maybe Hillary Clinton should apologize for this? pic.twitter.com/We14Q7Ia5g— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 9, 2016
Sanders, who has a D-minus rating from the NRA, has been criticized by gun control activists for not taking a strong enough stance on legislation to prevent gun violence.
Clinton seized on those attacks on Friday, calling out Sanders for being on the right of both Clinton and Obama on gun control.
In a hastily arranged conference call with reporters, Clinton’s top advisers said Friday that based on the criteria the president laid out in a recent op-ed — in which he said he could not support any Democrat running for office who doesn’t back his gun control initiatives — Sanders is ineligible to win Obama’s support in the Democratic primary.