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Sanders: ‘I absolutely agree’ with Obama on guns

Sanders: ‘I absolutely agree’ with Obama on guns
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: The center strikes back Sanders against infrastructure deal with more gas taxes, electric vehicle fees Sunday shows - Voting rights, infrastructure in the spotlight 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 ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine 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 ObamaMichelle Obama shares Father's Day tribute: 'Our daughters couldn't have asked for a better role model' Biden raised key concerns with Putin, but may have overlooked others Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax MORE on guns,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver wrote on the presidential candidate’s official Twitter account.