Alabama candidate takes shot, literally, at Obamacare in ad

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:39pm EDT

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - A congressional candidate in Alabama is taking aim - literally - at the federal statute known as Obamacare in a new campaign advertisement in which he fires rounds from several weapons into a paper copy of the healthcare reform law.

Will Brooke, a Birmingham businessman, is one of seven Republican candidates seeking to replace U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus, who is retiring.

In the video, released on Wednesday, Brooke loads a thick stack of papers into a target and then fires multiple rounds from a pistol, rifle and AR-15 assault rifle at it. None of the bullets manage to destroy the copy of the Affordable Care Act, Democratic President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

"Well we had some fun and knocked some holes in it, but we didn't quite get the job done," Brooke said in the ad. "Looks like we'll have to resort to more extreme measures to get rid of Obamacare and replace it with a market-based solution."

The candidate then loads the stack into a wood chipper to shred the pages in the video's final scene.

Brooke hopes to get some attention by having fun with a serious subject, he said in a statement, vowing to fight the law that he said has caused insurance premiums in Alabama to rise and resulted in thousands of residents losing their health coverage.

The Alabama Democratic Party did not respond immediately to calls for comment on the ad.

(Reporting by Verna Gates; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; editing by Gunna Dickson)

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Comments (7)
willich6 wrote:
Its interesting that Reuters reports this mindless story as ‘headline political news’ but is totally silent on the Charlotte NC Mayor who resigned over corruption charges.. Wouldn’t you think that readers would want to hear about the Mayor of the state Capital and largest city in North Carolina resigning?
To understand how Patrick Cannon took bribes and fixed contracts; to learn about the FBI sting that caught him?

Wonder what the reason for the over-sight is? Anybody care to guess?
Probably the same reason that Wash DC Mayor Gray is not in the news – even though he is being investigated for corruption and vote fraud and people all around him have pled guilty.. Is Reuters managing the news?

Mar 27, 2014 4:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
@willich6, there was an article yesterday about the Charlotte mayor, nice try, but all you have done is show yourself to be someone who does not base their opinions in reality, one of the core requirements of being the Obama hater you are.

Back to article, someone should tell this moron that the PPACA is a ‘market based solution’, so is he going to replace it with itself?

Mar 27, 2014 4:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Guess his potential constituents are as backwards as he is

Mar 27, 2014 5:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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