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Herman Cain kills a bunny in new ad

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, March 26, 2012 10:15 EDT
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A bunny rabbit prepares to be executed in a political ad by former GOP candidate Herman Cain. Screenshot via YouTube.
 
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When the Supreme Court put its stamp of approval on the creation of super PACs, they could never have seen this one coming.

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has launched a new advertisement showing a man catapaulting a bunny rabbit and blasting it into bloody chunks, as a little girl compares the animal to “small business” in the current U.S. economic climate.

The ad, a video plug for Cain’s latest web campaign, attacks stimulus policies used to rescue the U.S. financial system at the end of President George W. Bush’s second term, after credit stopped flowing and millions of jobs were endangered by corporate corruption and massive over-leveraging on Wall Street.

Cain’s new ad is also the second in a series: the first is equally cruel, showing a fish dying as it flops around gasping in the mud. In that ad, a little girl says “This is the economy,” as the fish is dumped from its bowl onto the ground. She then splashes the fish with more water, which quickly runs away. “This is the economy on stimulus,” she adds. “Any questions?”

The ad also solicits viewers’ opinions, asking to “help us create our next video” at SickOfStimulus.com.

Cain, who left the campaign trail months ago amid a flurry of sexual harassment scandals, has endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), who is badly trailing former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in polling and delegates.

The anti-stimulus ads aren’t the first time Cain’s videos have caused a stir: during his campaign he released an ad showing a top campaign aide smoking a cigarette and looking very somberly into the camera. It was widely spoofed across mainstream media, and nobody was quite sure what the campaign was thinking when they released it.

This ad was published to YouTube on Sunday, March 25, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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