Ending a day of campaigning across New Hampshire on Sunday, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said his strong grass-roots support positions him to pull off "the biggest political upset in the modern history of America."
But Sanders was also put on the defensive over his record on gun control, precisely the issue that front-runner Hillary Clinton sought to set herself apart on as she campaigned in the state and just as President Obama is set to unveil new gun safety measures this week.
Sanders, the self-styled democratic socialist, was asked in Plaistow about what an audience member described as his "complete 180" on gun issues, a premise Sanders denied. Although Sanders is to the left of Clinton on most major issues, his stance on guns has skewed more conservative, including opposition to background check and support for shielding firearms makers from lawsuits. Since he began running for president, though, he has voiced support for stronger gun laws in a way he has not while representing a pro-gun state in Congress.