Politico has the story:
During his first run for elected office, Barack Obama played a greater role than his aides now acknowledge in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion — positions that appear at odds with the more moderate image he has projected during his presidential campaign.
The evidence comes from an amended version of an Illinois voter group’s detailed questionnaire, filed under his name during his 1996 bid for a state Senate seat.
Obama gave his usual “it wasn’t me—I never saw it—I wasn’t there” response:
Late last year, in response to a Politico story about Obama’s answers to the original questionnaire, his aides said he “never saw or approved” the questionnaire.
They asserted the responses were filled out by a campaign aide who “unintentionally mischaracterize[d] his position.”
Politico, however, did the legwork, discovering:
But a Politico examination determined that Obama was actually interviewed about the issues on the questionnaire by the liberal Chicago nonprofit group that issued it. And it found that Obama — the day after sitting for the interview — filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama’s own handwritten notes added to one answer. . .
Through an aide, Obama . . . did not dispute that the handwriting was his. But he contended it doesn’t prove he completed, approved — or even read — the latter questionnaire.
An interview and his own handwriting. I’m not sure even Obama can get away with disavowing his own words and handwriting.
Oh, and what are those opinions that he says never held? Ed Morrissey summarizes:
Opposed to parental notification on abortions. He amended this to say that he might possibly support it for 12- or 13-year-olds, but no older. Flatly opposed the death penalty, a position he denied ever having. Supported bans on the sale, possession, and manufacture of guns, again a position he denied ever taking.
(Via Hot Air.)
Obama is looking more and more unprepared for national politics, where people sometimes follow up on what you say.