HELENA – The Montana Shooting Sports Association says principled voters should vote for Ron Paul over John McCain or Barack Obama.
But the gun group recognizes such votes for Paul could help Barack Obama as the Democrat seeks to challenge in Republican strongholds like Montana.
The group gave Republican John McCain a D in its scorecard. Obama got an F. Paul, on the ballot under the Constitution Party banner in Montana, got a A from the group.
But the MSSA says “pragmatic” voters should choose McCain, because he is not as bad on gun issues as Obama.
Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, has predicted that many die-hard gun voters will turn away from the Republican ticket of McCain and choose a third party candidate.
Paul says he wants his name removed from the ballot, a move election officials aren’t sure can be made at this point.
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