BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho Republican gubernatorial hopeful insists he was only joking when he said he'd buy a license to hunt President Barack Obama.
Rex Rammell, a former elk rancher slated to run against incumbent C.L. "Butch" Otter in the May 2010 GOP primary, made the comment at a Republican rally Tuesday in Twin Falls where talk turned to the state's planned wolf hunt, for which hunters must purchase an $11.50 wolf tag.
When an audience member shouted a question about "Obama tags," Rammell responded, "The Obama tags? We'd buy some of those."
Rammell told The Associated Press Thursday he was just being sarcastic and sees no reason to apologize for the comment.
Answer by sailorwifenmom at 7:56 PM on Aug. 27, 2009
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Answer by BEXi at 7:54 PM on Aug. 27, 2009
No, I don't think this is acceptable. I also didn't think it was acceptable when people would make comments about how Bush should have gone hunting with Cheney, etc. Just because you don't like a particular politician doesn't mean that it's ok to start publicly wishing them dead, or making jokes about it. There's a way to disagree, and this isn't it.
Feel the same! Joking about killing or shooting a fellow politician should not be tolerated. It's even worse when it is a man running for office
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:55 PM on Aug. 27, 2009
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:55 PM on Aug. 27, 2009
Is it illegal to make a joke now?
Who said anything about legality?
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:56 PM on Aug. 27, 2009
It shouldn't be illegal, because to make it so would be an infringement on Freedom of Speech. But that does not mean that it should be considered acceptable to say it - just because you have the right to say something doesn't mean that people have to listen to it or agree with it, or not hold you accountable for it.
Exactly! Politicians should be held to a pretty HIGH standard. Saying you would hunt the president just doesn't fit that criteria for me
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:59 PM on Aug. 27, 2009
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