Sen. Barack Obama is neither a hunter nor a fisherman, but The Politico reports that the Chicagoan is courting gun-owners in Pennsylvania. Carrie Budoff Brown reports that Obama is “making a play for pro-gun voters in rural Pennsylvania.”

How's that? “By highlighting his background in constitutional law and downplaying his voting record, Obama is engaging in a quiet but targeted drive to win over an important constituency that on the surface might seem hostile to his views,” Brown writes. “The campaign sent an e-mail this week to the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, saying it would ‘appreciate all sportsmen taking time to learn the facts: Our candidate strongly supports the right and traditions of sportsmen throughout Pennsylvania and the United States of America.'”

Brown notes that Obama “has long backed gun-control measures,” positions largely held also by Sen. Hillary Clinton.

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