An elk (left) and a moose (right)
During yesterday’s South Carolina Republican debate, Mitt Romney added “hunting skills” to his list of presidential credentials, but got confused over which animals he’d actually hunted.
In response to a question about the Second Amendment, Romney said he “went moose hunting” in Montana with friends, then quickly corrected himself and said it was, in fact, elk hunting.
“I guess I enjoy the sport,” he said. “And when I get invited I’m delighted to be able to go hunting.”
He added that he’d also gone pheasant hunting.
Debate moderator Juan Williams brought up the topic in relation to the fact that Romney had been asked about his hunting exploits back in the 2008 campaign. At that time he replied, “I’m not a big-game hunter. I’ve always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will. I began when I was 15 or so and I have hunted those kinds of varmints since then.”
Commenting on Romney’s confusion between a moose and an elk David Axelrod, chief advisor to President Obama’s election campaign, tweeted that the governor was “stuck on the horns of a dilemma.”