LICATA: Why should American sportsmen vote for you?
SENATOR OBAMA: I think that when it comes to conservation, when it comes to management of public lands,when it comes to access to public lands, when it comes to encouraging access to private lands through various incentives, my agenda I think is going to be one that is most likely to ensure that we have the great outdoors available to the next generation. I don't think there are going to be a lot of your readers who look at my agenda and say that's not the right way to go. What may hold them back is their concern about gun rights, and I think that if they have confidence that their gun rights are going to be protected, and I'm respectful of the traditions of hunting and self-defense, then I'm going to be their best choice. The only reason they wouldn't vote for me, I think, would be because they'd be afraid that in some ways I would encroach on those rights. And I think if you talk to sportsmen back in Illinois, they'll tell you that those are traditions that not only [do] I respect, but I intend to respect.