Entries in Crosshairs (2)


Pawlenty on Palin's Political Map: Crosshairs Not My Style

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said that Sarah Palin's decision to put crosshairs on districts of vulnerable Democrats -– including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' -- was not what he would have done, but he doesn’t think it contributed to the terrible tragedy in Tucson on Saturday.

“It wouldn’t have been my style to put the crosshairs on there. But again there is no evidence to suggest that it had anything to do with this mentally unstable person’s rage and senseless act in Arizona,” Pawlenty told ABC News.

The shooting that took six lives and injured 14 others will change the political climate in Washington, Pawlenty said, because it is causing people to step back and think about rhetoric.

“There is a line there as it relates to basic civility, decency and respect and not trying to invoke violence,” he said.

Pawlenty and Palin haven’t decided if they will run for president in 2012, but Pawlenty called his potential opponent a “remarkable leader” who “brings a lot to the debate and the table both nationally and within the Republican Party.”

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Sarah Palin's 'Crosshairs' Ad Dominates Gabrielle Giffords Debate

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the stunned aftermath of the Tuscon massacre, Sarah Palin has found herself in the crosshairs of the ensuing political debate with opponents suggesting she may have fueled the gunman's rage and her supporters saying it is "grotesque" to blame her and to politicize the tragedy.

Crosshairs is a political phrase that emerged from Palin's political action committee SarahPac that targeted congressional districts for the Tea Party campaign in the last election, including the district of Rep. Gabriel Giffords.

Although Palin later denied she meant the graphic over the districts to look like a gun sight, it is part of the hunting lexicon that critics say she prefers.

On her Facebook page last year when she posted the a map of 20 congressional districts targeted by SarahPac, the headline of the map: "It's time to take a stand."

At the time Giffords reacted to the map in an interview on a cable news program.

"When people do that, they've got to realize there are consequences to that action," Giffords said.

No connection has been made between this graphic and the Arizona shooting, but it has put the Palin team somewhat on the defensive. Rebecca Mansour, a spokesperson for SarahPac, told conservative commentator Tammy Bruce, "We never imagined, it never occurred to us that anybody would consider it violent." Insisting she was speaking for herself, and not on behalf of Palin, Mansour added, "We never ever, ever intended it to be gun sights."

However, following the initial controversy over the "crosshairs" last year, Palin issued her now oft repeated rallying cry, "Don't retreat. RELOAD."

Conservative activists are lashing out against what they consider unfair treatment of Palin in this tragedy. On twitter, SarahPac spokesperson Mansour wrote, "Politicizing this is repulsive."

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