Sanders: ‘I absolutely agree’ with Obama on guns

Sanders: ‘I absolutely agree’ with Obama on guns
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) Former Sanders campaign manager: Don't expect email list to be shared with DNC Adult film star: Trump and Stormy Daniels invited me to 'hang out' MORE (I-Vt.) is doubling down on his support for President Obama's executive actions to strengthen gun background checks in the face of mounting attacks from his chief Democratic presidential rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE.

In a speech Saturday, Sanders set out to “set the record straight” on a stance that he said has become distorted.  

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“I absolutely agree with what the president is trying to do with his executive order,” Sanders said to a cheers at a Democratic candidate forum. Clinton was not in attendance.

“I know I’m being attacked as being a stooge for the NRA. Well, some stooge, I have a D-minus lifetime voting record,” he said.

Sanders, who hails from a rural state that he said has "virtually no gun control," 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 Friday, calling out Sanders for being on the right of both Clinton and Obama on gun control.

The Sanders campaign pushed back Saturday, with his campaign manager arguing that Clinton lodged similar attacks at President Obama during their first campaign.

“Today she’s attacking Bernie on guns. Eight years ago she attacked Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ Democrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration Trump’s first year in office was the year of the woman MORE on guns,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver wrote on the presidential candidate’s official Twitter account.