Alabama candidate takes aim at Obamacare
March 26th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
8 months 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. Anonymous

    Did this guy no nothing about the environment? shooting a pile of paper for insane reason

    March 27, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Joe The Plumber

    Another sad attempt to resolve issues with violence. Guess he must be appealing to the low information voters.

    March 27, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh. Am I not allowed to talk about tailgating with a gun? Why post the picture if we aren't allowed to comment on little boys and their toys?
    -------------------------------------------------
    No. No you're not.
    Just like I'm not allowed to post a follow up to FedUp2's comment about how lynching it wold've been more true to form.
    We're being zipped dontchaknow?!
    Lol!
    CNN, doing what it does best....

    March 27, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. dennis

    This guy thinks his little stunt is exactly what his would be constituents want from their representative. Is he correct?

    There is no question the high cost of health care and the lack of access to health care are serious issues in the USA. Obamacare is not a perfect law, but it does, at least, attempt to fix some of the problems. All of congress should get to work on improving it, not, in effect, saying it is not important and we do not need it.

    March 27, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Cinman

    Another Christian who only believes on Sunday and relates to greed the rest of the week.

    March 27, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Jason

    The only things the republicans hate about Obamacare
    1. You cannot be dropped for getting sick-get sick, die quick
    2. The golden parachute for HC ceos might get smaller–Job creators
    3. Covers even Blacks

    Subsidize war not health

    March 27, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. joe

    According to the Washington Post fact checker the ACA and its associated regulations are around 13,000 pages with the regulations in tiny type. In regular 1doubles spaced type it would be 40,000 pages.

    March 27, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "Just how large a font did he have to use to make it take up that much paper? Both parts of the ACA in total are just over 1000 pages, as downloaded as a PDF"

    He probably printed it out in the format that bills are printed in Congress, which is large font and like 2+ inch borders all the way around. Same with SCOTUS decisions. It's like reading a column in the middle of the page, not 1-inch margins, single-spaced with 12-point Times New Roman.

    March 27, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. joe

    According to the Washington P ost fact checker the ACA and its associated regulations are around 13,000 pages with the regulations in tiny type. If regular double spaced type, it would be 40,000 pages.

    March 27, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. neastsider

    He's shooting at a stack of paper, what's next the uninsured?

    March 27, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. anthrogirl

    Guns give weak people the illusion of power. That's why they are used in ads to bolster a political person or her/his beliefs. And other weak people who are also allured by the power of guns get the message. The politicians are reaching out to people like themselves.

    March 27, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. joe

    With all these guns in the hands of folks with limited intelligence and anger management problems, Alabama is going to need a lot more health care, not less.

    March 27, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Matt

    And this guy wants to be a law maker. Wow.

    March 27, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. bearitstrong

    Brooke is one of seven Republican candidates, all of which are seeking the mantle of "#1 good ole boy"

    March 27, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. yerkiddinright

    How's that rebranding going, GOP?

    March 27, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Rogue351

    And again with the guns. Need I remind you brainwashed morons. American is not just about guns as the NRA and GOP / Tea Party would lead you by the nose to believe.

    March 27, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Sean

    Clearly the biggest factor for people to oppose the Affordable Care Act is that it was signed by someone with a (D) after his name.

    March 27, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. Stevie

    Believing in limited government this guy will run for office and do even more less.

    March 27, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. richard in texas

    yea "critical thinking" but times change...those union workers you talk about were probably republicans...but not the same republicans that today' s is that destroyed the unions and suppressed the middle class.

    March 27, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Malory Archer

    James Richter

    Just how large a font did he have to use to make it take up that much paper? Both parts of the ACA in total are just over 1000 pages, as downloaded as a PDF.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    A thousand pages if you use a large font (the document as is presented is Courier New 12 – ginormous by any standard), double space the text and use 2 inch margins on each side of the entire document.

    March 27, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. jim

    This guy should go hunting with Dick Cheney. No apologies needed.

    March 27, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. jrcomo35713

    Isn't there anything else to talk about since this ACA is part of the law for those who refuse to accept??? Can we just stop all the negative ads created by folks who already have health coverage of any kind. Lets move on already.

    March 27, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    Why is the truth so painful CNN? Oh, that's right – it doesn't fit your "librul" agenda.

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    James Richter

    Just how large a font did he have to use to make it take up that much paper? Both parts of the ACA in total are just over 1000 pages, as downloaded as a PDF.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    A thousand pages IF you use Courier New 12 font (gigantic by any standard), double space, and use a 2-inch margin on either side of the entire document. It was done that way to make for easier reading. However, there are those for whom it can't be made easy enough.

    March 27, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. jrm03063

    This guy should meet NH State Rep Herb Richardson – and maybe also Fergus Cullen. Both Republicans – both saving over $1000/month thanks to ACA.

    March 27, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Jerry

    Yet Republicans continue to provide no viable alternative plan while in their attempts to repeal the ACA.

    March 27, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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