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Dirty trick? Gun rights robo calls in Michigan boost Santorum, uses NRA name

Pro-Rick Santorum robo calls, using the National Rifle Association's name, are running in Michigan ahead of tomorrow's primary, an NRA member in Michigan emails First Read.

The call compares Santorum and Romney's NRA records, urges members to vote for Santorum, and uses Romney's own words against him.

But the NRA, which hasn't endorsed a candidate, says it's not running the calls.

"We're not doing anything," said Andrew Arulanandam, director of Public Affairs for NRA-ILA, or Institute for Legislative Action. "Our position is anyone would be better than Barack Obama. It's absolutely wrong. We are not paying for anything. We're not spending one cent. That is not us -- completely, unequivocally not us."

Arulanandam said there's no way a campaign or someone supporting a campaign, could have gotten their member list. But someone could get another list, like a hunting-license list, that could have some overlap.

The call tells members that if they care about their right to own a gun, then this message is critical. It notes that Santorum received an A-plus rating from the NRA and calls him a a friend of sportsmen and hunters. Romney, on the other hand, is derided as a disaster for gun owners and uses his own words against him.

"I don't line up with the NRA," Romney is heard saying, replaying his comments from his 1994 Senate bid.

Then, the ad urges Michigan residents not to vote for a moderate from Massachusetts and not to let him destroy gun rights and then plays the Romney quote again.