Republican House candidate fires gun at health care law in campaign ad
An Arizona Republican running for the state’s fourth congressional district seat has released a new ad in which he shows his distaste for the health care law by obliterating it with a shotgun.
“Government run healthcare? We don’t want it, we don’t need it, we can’t afford it,” the candidate, Ron Gould, says in the ad. “This is what I’d do to that law.”
Gould then launches a copy of the law into the air like a skeet shooting target, takes aim and blasts it to pieces.
“Because Washington needs a straight shooter,” Gould says as the ad closes.
Gould is one of two Republicans vying for the chance to run in the general election for the newly redrawn 4th congressional district seat. The GOP race originally included Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu—the high-profile border security advocate of “complete the danged fence” fame—though he dropped out earlier this year amid accusations that he’d threatened his Mexican ex-boyfriend with deportation if he ever revealed their relationship.
Gould is hardly the first candidate to use guns as a campaign prop. In 2010, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) distanced himself from President Obama with an ad in which he fired rounds at a Democratic-backed climate change bill. Earlier this week, a California Republican hoping to unseat Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez vowed to, “take Linda Sanchez out,” with a video featuring an animated machine gun. And last month, a Ran Paul-endorsed ad blasting a purely theoretical rifle ban depicted a gun pointed at the president’s head.
Watch the ad below:
Correction: A previous version of this article indicated that Gould could run against Democratic incumbent Ed Pastor in the 4th district. Due to redistricting, Pastor, who currently represents the 4th district, will be vying for the 7th district seat in November.