The Bush campaign admitted on Monday that the former Florida governor was “mistaken and conflated multiple events unintentionally” when discussing an award he said he received from the NRA. On several occasions in the past year, Bush has suggested he received the group’s Statesman of the Year award and was handed a rifle by former NRA president Charlton Heston at the group’s annual convention.
But the NRA doesn’t give out a statesman award, and Bush didn’t receive a rifle from Heston. Instead, he was given a rifle for being the keynote speaker at the NRA’s 2003 annual convention in Orlando.
Asked by reporters on Tuesday why he made the mistake, Bush said: “I don’t know, I thought — I just read it.”