The National Rifle Association held a political rally on Friday in which several potential Republican presidential candidates were set to take the stage, but it did not take a conservative candidate to start the bashing of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre opened the NRA Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum by saying that Mrs Clinton will not be the next president of the US. The NRA is the main gun lobby in the US.
“I vow on this day the NRA will stand shoulder to shoulder with you and good, honest decent Americans and we will stand and fight with everything we've got and in 2016, by God, we will elect the next great president of the United States of America and it will not be Hillary Rodham Clinton,” Mr LaPierre said.
Mrs Clinton has been touted as the top Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential race, though she has not officially declared. She is expected to make her announcement this weekend, likely on social media, reports say.
Despite the high-powered Republican candidates who would follow him on the stage – including Jeb Bush, perhaps the Republican front-runner, and Ted Cruz, one of the two Republicans who already has declared he will run – Mr LaPierre had words only for Mrs Clinton, the Tennessean reported.
“She will not bring a dawn of new promise and opportunity,” Mr LaPierre said. “It would be a permanent darkness of deceit and despair forced upon the American people to endure.
”One day America will elect a woman… not because of her gender but because of her character and integrity and moral fitness to hold the highest office in land.”
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