This is The Sign of a Campaign in Panic Mode
Sen. Burr's campaign has made some dramatic mistakes over the last 36 hours. After Burr's campaign sent daily schedules to the News & Observer at the beginning of October, they recently quit sending the N&O schedules, claiming the paper wasn't covering Burr's campaign fairly. Unsurprisingly, this decision follows Trump "blacklisting" media organizations that he believes weren't covering his campaign fairly. Not shocking that Sen. Burr would follow in Trump's footsteps, as he still supports him.
The Burr campaign had been sending near-daily news releases in early October outlining where Burr would be campaigning, but The N&O stopped receiving those releases in recent weeks.
Burr’s decision to limit media access comes after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump created — and later lifted — a “blacklist” of media organizations like The Washington Post and POLITICO. For months, Trump’s campaign refused to grant media credentials to journalists working for those publications, although many continued to attend rallies without formal media passes.
The Burr campaign had voiced concerns with The N&O’s story last week about a 2010 campaign fundraiser that conflicted with a Senate committee hearing on a costly military aircraft
Audio has also been released that shows Burr joked about shooting Hillary Clinton. While looking at a National Rifle Association magazine (because what else would he read?) with Clinton on the cover, he said he was shocked there wasn't a bullseye on her.
The apparently secretly recorded audio — posted in full on YouTube — shows Burr joking that when he recently saw a picture of Hillary Clinton in the cover of the National Rifle Association’s magazine American Rifleman, he was “shocked” that “it didn’t have a bullseye on it.”
Nothin’ made me feel any better than — I walked into a gun shop I think yesterday in Oxford. I think there was a copy of Rifleman on the counter. It’s got a picture of Hillary Clinton on the front of it. I was a little bit shocked at that — it didn’t have a bullseye on it. [laughter] But at the bottom right, it had everybody in federal office in this particular state that they should vote for. So let me assure you, there’s an army of support out there right now for our candidates.
Burr already apologized in a statement to CNN, but the gaffe is certain to make uncomfortable headlines for him in the final days of his campaign, in which he’s being challenged by former state Rep. Deborah Ross.
He is of course not the only well-known Republican to joke about gun owners wanting to shoot Hillary Clinton this year — back in August, Donald Trump quipped at a rally that maybe “Second Amendment people” could have a way of stopping a President Hillary Clinton from appointing judges.
In yet another campaign gaffe, Burr said eight months ago that he believed whoever is elected as President should fill the empty seat on the Supreme Court. However, unsurprisingly, yesterday he announced if Clinton wins he'll do everything he can to make sure that seat stays empty for the next four years.