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GOP candidate destroys copy of Obamacare bill in new ad

Alabama Republican Will Brooke spends a lot of time — and bullets — going after a stack of paper


Elias Isquith
March 27, 2014 7:37PM (UTC)

Alabama resident Will Brooke would like to be a member of the U.S. House of Representatives one day, so like all great statesmen, he's made a political ad about how many times he can shoot a thick stack of paper with a gun before giving up and tossing it in a wood chipper.

The ad is titled "Let's Do Some Damage," and its content lives up to the name. Things start off with Brooke sitting in the back of a pickup truck (of course) with a gun and a printout of the entirety of the Affordable Care Act.

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"We're down here to have a little fun today," Brooke says to the camera, "and talk about two serious subjects: the Second Amendment, and seeing how much damage we can do to this copy of Obamacare."

Brooke then secures the lengthy bill into what looks like a homemade wooden box/stand and proceeds to shoot at it a bunch of times with various different guns. Yet no matter what kind of firearm he's using, Brooke finds that the bill is too big, too thick, for any bullets to penetrate all the way through.

"It looks like we'll have to resort to more extreme measures to get rid of Obamacare and replace it with a market-based solution," Brooke says before tossing the bill, chunk by chunk, into a wood chipper. And that's pretty much it.

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You can watch Brooke take shots at a huge bill that is structured around various marketplace exchanges rather than following a simple single-payer model below. Or you could watch Sen. Joe Manchin's extremely similar ad from 2010, wherein the then-candidate literally took some shots at the cap-and-trade bill that coal interests in his home state of West Virginia hate so much. Your call.


Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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