By Jonathan Easley and Julian Pecquet - 05/01/13 08:41 PM EDT
RNC spokesman Sean Spicer shot back saying the image was part of an ABC News package that it pulled for the ad.
The dust-up comes amid a combative week for advocates on both sides of the gun debate. On Tuesday, The daughter of a Sandy Hook victim confronted Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) over her vote against a measure to move forward on a background checks bill last month.
The White House pushed hard for Congress to act on gun control legislation, but last month Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled a comprehensive reform package after a measure to expand background checks failed to get the 60 votes it needed to move forward.
The ad was meant to focus on criticisms that came out of the president’s Tuesday press conference, in which Obama said he couldn’t make an obstinate Congress bend to enact the reforms he’s pushing. The president replied sarcastically to a question about whether he still had enough “juice” to get something significant done in his second term.
“Maybe I should just pack up and go home,” Obama said.