Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersA guide to the committees: Senate Ellison holds edge in DNC race Rep. John Lewis: Ellison is 'right person' to lead DNC 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 Rodham ClintonEllison holds edge in DNC race Democrats face fierce urgency of 2018 FEC commissioner: 'I will not be silenced' MORE.
In a speech Saturday, Sanders set out to “set the record straight” on a stance that he said has become distorted.
“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 ObamaTrump forcefully rejects anti-Semitism Ellison holds edge in DNC race Democrats face fierce urgency of 2018 MORE on guns,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver wrote on the presidential candidate’s official Twitter account.