The National Rifle Association (NRA) is targeting Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinCongress needs to gird the country for climate crisis Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Poll from liberal group shows more voters in key states back .5T bill MORE (D-W.Va.) with new ads urging him not to help President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) pass new gun restrictions.
The NRA is spending $100,000 on TV ads set to air for two weeks in West Virginia on local broadcasts.
One of the new NRA ads begins with a clip of a 2010 Manchin Senate campaign ad where he says, "As your senator, I'll protect your second amendment rights."
"That was Joe Manchin's commitment," a voiceover in one of the ads says.
"But now, Manchin is working with President Obama and
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Concerned? You should be. Tell Sen.
Manchin to honor his commitment to the Second Amendment and reject the
Obama-Bloomberg gun control agenda."
The ad contrasts Manchin's current relationship with the NRA to the one he had with the lobby group before he and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) introduced a proposal to expand background checks to include sales at gun shows and over the Internet.
Manchin had earlier received an "A" rating on gun rights from the NRA, but is now facing the group's ire.
The NRA's advertising comes as Bloomberg urges wealthy Democrats to stop donating money to four Senate Democrats who voted to block expanding background checks for gun sales.
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Even though the proposal by Manchin and Toomey failed to win the 60 votes needed to overcome a Senate filibuster, Manchin has recently expressed hope that the Senate would try again to pass legislation expanding background checks.