White House: NRA Ad Using First Daughters As ‘Pawns’ Is ‘Repugnant And Cowardly’

While the NRA has defended its newest ad — which makes mention of the school security President Obama‘s daughters receive — the White House has issued its own response. And it’s a blunt one.

“Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. “But to go so far as to make the safety of the President’s children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly.”

The NRA, for its part, argued that the ad isn’t about the president’s children. Spokesperson Andrew Arulanandam said, in a statement, “Whoever thinks the ad is about President Obama’s daughters are missing the point completely or they’re trying to change the subject.”

The statement continues (per MSNBC):

“This ad is about keeping our children safe,” the statement continues. “And the president said he was skeptical about the NRA proposal to put policemen in all schools in this country. Yet he and his family are beneficiaries of multiple law enforcement officers surrounding them 24-hours a day.”

“That’s the real issue. Anything else is an attempted calculated distraction.”

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