Alabama candidate takes aim at Obamacare
March 26th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
4 years ago

Alabama candidate takes aim at Obamacare

(CNN) - A U.S. House candidate in Alabama is literally shooting down Obamacare.

A video released by his campaign on Wednesday, shows Will Brooke using a variety of firearms to destroy a copy of the Affordable Care Act.

The ad begins with Brooke seated on the bed of a truck next to a stack of paper that he says is a copy of the law championed by the President.

The ad is titled "Let's Do Some Damage."

Brooke then drives off in truck, displaying a bumper sticker that reads "I prefer the dangers of a limited government!"

He arrives in a wooded area, loads the Obamacare papers into a wooden box starts shooting.

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

After blasting it rhetorically and literally, Brooke loads the health care copy into a wood chipper and shreds what was left of it.

Brooke's campaign video was first reported by The Daily Caller.

Brooke is one of seven Republican candidates vying for the seat of retiring Rep. Spencer Bachus in the state’s 6th Congressional District.

The Alabama Republican isn't the first to use guns to hammer home a policy issue.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia used a rifle to "take dead aim at Cap and Trade" in a 2010 campaign ad against efforts to pass a sweeping environmental bill in Congress.

Republicans nationwide are aggressively campaigning against Obamacare, which aims to provide health coverage to millions of people without it. It passed Congress in 2010 without any Republican support. Republicans hope to expand their majority in the House and reclaim the Senate.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

Filed under: Alabama • Obamacare • Republican Party
soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    What a wonderfully mature and substantive way to make an argument. Will he be pulling out a tape measure and notifying us of his length and girth next?

    March 26, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Red staters get to keep their junk policies for another year, Alabama denied their citizens a chance to get Medicaid, sued the government, has a tremendous per cent of uninsured, so, why not vote for an idiot?

    March 26, 2014 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Just another republican idiot as usual. Let us progress as a nation. Enough of this idiocy. This nation needs ACA Law. Yes, it is Law, nothing wrong with it. You put up or shut up. It does public "Good". Period.

    March 26, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    After seeing this stupidity, does anyone else see how the south lost the Civil War?

    March 26, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Little member man with big gun taking away medical treatment for his southern backwoods buddies. What kind of damage is that he's talking about because guns kill. That kind of damage?
    I just love the way the teaklans want smaller government while at the same time wanting to take away our human rights.
    Unfortunately those southerners are too brainless to understand that this is their health care he's shredding. You really can't fix stupid!

    March 26, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    tom l
    I'm wondering if Tampa Tim knows why some governors decided not to expand Medicaid...
    Yes I do know why they refused to accept Medicaid, but am really interested what you think the reason is.

    March 26, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. just asking

    taking a page right out of democrat senator joe manchin's campaign when he shot up the looney tune democrat cap and trade scam.

    hey tampon timmy, did it ever occur to you that not everybody wants the government embedded into every part of their personal life, especially healthcare? obama has made it clear we are now all held hostage to whoever inhabits the white house and how they decide to change the law on a whim. every sane person should be very very concerned about that. but of course you are not.

    March 26, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Republicans will always be on the wrong side of history. I really wish they would turn stop selling their souls to billionaires and big business.

    March 26, 2014 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    By shooting at the law shows Brooke appears to have man issues.

    March 26, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Bill

    Pathetic, at best. People in jerkwater states like Alabama would benefit from the new law. And agree with Tampa Tim. You hit the nail right on the head. Funny how when disaster strikes these places, the first place they turn is the federal government. Next time a hurricane slams the Alabama gulf coast, maybe the peoole there can clean up their own mess. Or get this buffoon to help. The deep south would be a great place to give the USA an enema.

    March 26, 2014 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. bill

    i will help if he needs it.

    March 26, 2014 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Larry L

    Republicans remain "against" all solutions for our problems – but never actually stand behind and solutions of their own. The red state governors refused to expand Medicare as a political statement. They prefer the "invisible healthcare tax" caused by those who are left without any form of insurance and use the E.R. as their source of primary care.

    March 26, 2014 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. mindstorms1

    What we need in this country is a true free market approach to medical care. Those who can afford medical care can get it and those who can't well that's just too bad. Isn't that the way a true free market system works? Of course we will need some changes in the law. Particularly the law that requires hospitals to provide emergency care regardless if the patient can pay (I think that law was passed under the Reagan administration). And then there is that pesky Hippocratic oath which might have to be changed so doctors can turn away patients if they are not able to pay bills.

    March 26, 2014 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. Peter

    Quite the sophisticated fellow.

    Disagree with legislation? Print it out and shoot at the papers with a gun!

    I am sure that his rube followers will eat it up.

    March 26, 2014 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. rc roeder

    That right, get the guns out and lets all shoot things up. This shows he is not only a gun advocate but and gun nut.

    March 26, 2014 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. rl

    Tampa Tim, I do not wonder al all why they lost. We actually had to find the right leader and it was all over but the shouting.

    March 26, 2014 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. rscalzo

    Why not actually come up with solutions to provide coverage and stop the theatrics.

    March 26, 2014 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Peter

    I am still waiting for a Republican counter-proposal to Obamacare.

    So far, it seems to be simply "lets go back to the private insurance companies making coverage and premium payment decisions based on corporate profit targets".

    March 26, 2014 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. Rememberwhatbushdid

    FINALLY! A reasonable, responsible, statesman for Congress. Just what we need. There's been entirely too much consensus-building in Washington and in the states controlled by the Tea Party and the GOP. It's entertaining stunts that save Americans from having to think that we really need. And the fact that this guy is gaining attention without having to reveal the truth about all the good Obamacare is doing and will be doing if given half a chance makes this candidate all the more worthy of our trust and our vote.

    March 26, 2014 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. john

    Such a shameless attempt to appeal to the Redneck and Appalachian American population. They might even reject him for it. He even thought to drive a pickup truck (sans quad in the back.) Might suggest he drape himself in the American Flag too.

    March 26, 2014 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. DavidKM

    I am a Democrat who is indeed very disappointed at how Obama has handled the Affordible Care Act. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a an opposing party with any credibility who can call him out on things and force some positive changes. When a party criticizes everything under the sun - even when Obama killed Bin Ladan - most thinking people stop listening to them. We need the Republican party of Reagan back. I may have disagreed with them, but at least they provided a check for the Democrats - who clearly don't always get everything right.

    March 26, 2014 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. john

    Heard the video played "Dueling Banjo's" from the movie Deliverance as its theme song.

    March 26, 2014 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. What a load of Divas

    Obama want to be Santa to those without cover?.................Let him pay for it – NOT the hard working....already robbed blind TAXPAYERS!

    March 26, 2014 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. theThinker

    I have, in the past, been extremely concerned by the increasingly non-intelligent noise that is today considered "political discourse". Franklin, Jefferson, and Lincoln would be double facepalming.

    Until today.

    Mr Brooks is definitely raising the caliber of discourse as he rifles through documentation, targeting all the bulletted paragraphs, muzzling all non-sequiturs, and triggering many reports.


    March 26, 2014 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. Morris

    Awesome, I probably would have just used it to start a camp fire. Point taken.

    March 26, 2014 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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