October 11th, 2010
11:56 AM ET
12 years ago

Manchin actually puts a bullet through Cap and Trade bill

(CNN) – It's not every day a politician literally puts a bullet through a piece of legislation.

But West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, the state's Democratic Senate nominee, does just that in a new ad that rails against several of President Barack Obama's policies.

"I'll take on Washington and this administration to get the federal government off of our backs and out of our pockets," says Manchin as he is seen loading a rifle.

The Democratic governor then adds he will "repeal the bad parts of Obamacare and "take dead aim at the Cap and Trade bill" before firing at what appears to be a copy of the Democratic-backed legislation itself.

The ad is the latest example of the anti-Obama strategy Democrats running in conservative regions across the company have embraced in hopes of eking out victories over Republican challengers.

Manchin faces businessman John Raese, who has repeatedly run ads suggesting the Democratic governor will be a rubberstamp for President Obama's agenda if he gets to Washington.

Obama himself has never been popular in the state, even among Democratic voters. He suffered one of his worst defeats there in the 2008 presidential primary, when he lost to Hillary Clinton by a 67-26 percent margin.

Filed under: 2010 • issues • Joe Manchin • John Raese • West Virginia
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Kimo

    I am constantly amazed at how many bozos we have as leaders. Can't we find some smart people who will just sit down and get the job done instead of showboaters, grandstanders and blowhards. Ultimately, the electorate is to blame for falling for the stunts, lies and fearmongering.

    October 11, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Just say no OR have a moratorium

    What does it mean to be a democrat or a republican anymore....this guy's slogans sound like they're from the Tea Party manual. 1/2 the dems are really Republicans....why don't they just move back to their real political party.

    October 11, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. mark

    All those who say this is encouraging people to shoot politicians, stop being so sensitive. The man is appealing to a state with a good deal of hunters, etc. Just because his commercials make sense to people in that state, does not mean all of us from outside WV identify with it. PS – I am a Republican. I am not saying I like the guy (dont know anything about him) but stop being such pansies...

    October 11, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. mattmchugh

    I wonder what the casting call for the gun read: "Need old-fashioned 'assassin'-type rifle. Preferably wood-body bolt-action model similar to that used by Lee Harvey Oswald."

    October 11, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. What is the country coming to

    This man is all mirrors...........he a fool of all fool. I am so sick of some Americans disrespecting our Presdient. What is this country becoming? This is a shame whats going on in the US,......reason COLOR.........People will do and say anything to be on top. But this kind of behavior makes you wonder. I for the President and I don't agrees with all he has done, but a less he did something. The GOP has done nothing and some people want to vote for them why. Don't be color blind
    think for yourself.

    October 11, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be nice if we could give these coal miners so other option for employment so that we can ween ourselves off coal (and other fossil fuels) sooner rather than later.

    October 11, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. barry

    Democrats are so violent. Why must they bring guns into everything. You read about their violence everyday. Inner city Democrats are always shooting someone with a gun. Very concerning.

    October 11, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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