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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Lot of Shooting In 2014 Campaign Ads

NPR's All Things Considered had this story yesterday afternoon talking about how 2014 candidates have picked up on what Joe Manchin did when he first ran for the U.S. Senate - use a firearm to make his campaign point:
Each year trends emerge. This year, lots of spots are hitting the air featuring candidates with firearms shooting at things: TVs, drones, thick copies of the Affordable Care Act.
NPR shared several spots, most from Republicans, but there was one Washington State Democrat ad included:
Not just any candidate can do this however.  Travis Ridout, a Washington State University political science professor told NPR:
Manchin was well-known and the imagery reinforced who he was. But it's not so simple for political newcomers to use the sound and symbolism of firearms to take a shot and get noticed.
I wonder if that Washington Democrat's GOP opponent has asked what he thinks of Intitiatve 594?

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