As Mitt Romney worked his way through southern state primaries, the former Massachusetts governor’s hunting experience kept popping up.
For the record, Romney is not a master outdoorsman. According AL.com, he told comedian Jeff Foxworthy: “I am looking forward to going hunting with you sometime … And you can actually show me which end of the rifle to point.”
Earlier this year Romney made a strange comment about his hunting experience, perhaps, illustrating his inexperience: “I’m not a big-game hunter. I’ve made that very clear,” he said. “I’ve always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will. I began when I was 15 or so and I have hunted those kinds of varmints since then. More than two times.”
Is it really important for Romney, or any other candidate for that matter, to be an avid hunter? Maybe not. But it is important for hunting, fishing, Second Amendment rights and conservation to remain a central part of the political conversation.