National Rifle Association Endorses McCain

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Washington (AP) The National Rifle Association is endorsing John McCain for president despite its differences with the Arizona senator on gun-show rules and campaign finance restrictions.

NRA executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre says the group and McCain agree on many issues important to the gun lobby. LaPierre says McCain has “cast more than 60 votes in the senate in support of the Second Amendment.”

The NRA's political victory fund has spent more than 2.3 million dollars opposing Barack Obama. The chairman of the Political Action Committee says its spending in the presidential race will grow to “eight figures” by Election Day. Chris Cox says besides the ads, there will be an effort to encourage battleground-state gun owners to vote.

The NRA doesn't always endorse presidential candidates. It has backed President Bush but declined to endorse Bob Dole in the 1996 race or the first President Bush in 1992.

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