- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2015

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, unloaded a series of political attacks Friday against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying the former first lady doesn’t have the decency to be the nation’s first woman president.

Speaking at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Nashville, Mr. LaPierre delivered a stinging critique of Mrs. Clinton, who is expected to announce on Sunday that she is running for the Democratic nomination for president.

“She will not bring a new dawn of promise and new opportunity,” Mr. LaPierre said. “Hillary Clinton will bring a permanent darkness of deceit and despair forced upon the American people to endure.”

Mr. LaPierre set the tone the the “NRA-ILA Leadership Forum” here that will feature a series of likely GOP presidential candidates, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Mr. LaPierre said Mrs. Clinton has been coming after the NRA and law-abiding gun owners for decades. He said Mrs. Clinton’s “history of scandal and controversy is almost endless” — pointing out her use of a private email account for official business at the State Department, as well as her response to the Benghazi attacks as well as the Whitewater controversy.

“Hillary Clinton has more gates than a south Texas cattle ranch,” he said.

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