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Ad Watch: Candidate Brandishes Rifle, Promises to "Take On" Obama Admin

11:27 AM, Oct 11, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Another crazed tea partier, right? Nope, it's West Virginia's Democratic governor and Senate candidate Joe Manchin, who touts his NRA endorsement in a new ad and vows: "I'll take on Washington and this administration to get the federal government off of our backs and out of our pockets." Manchin then literally shoots a copy of the cap-and-trade bill with his rifle. Watch it:

Imagine the reaction if a Republican cut this ad--remember the hysteria when Sarah Palin used crosshairs to identify vulnerable Dem districts on a map? Oh well.

Meanwhile, in West Virginia, Bill Clinton is stumping for Manchin today. Manchin is playing up the class warfare angle against his opponent John Raese in another ad. Manchin accuses Raese's "people" of recruiting "hicky" looking actors to play West Virginians in an ad. In fact, the NRSC hired a consulting firm which hired an ad company that used the phrase "hicky" in its casting call--neither the NRSC nor the NRSC's consulting firm used any disparaging remarks about West Virginians. Oh well.

At least Raese himself didn't say that economically impoverished West Virginians "get bitter" and "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

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