We're seeing a lot of spinoff from the Tucson shooting rampage, from complaints about Sarah Palin's target list to tough language last year by Paul Kanjorski. Add to the list Joe Manchin, who today told WVa reporters that he would not release his "Dead Aim" campaign commercial now.
Remember that one? We called it "the craziest campaign ad of the year" -- the one where the Democratic governor shot the health care reform bill with a hunting rifle. (His GOP opponent John Raese incorporated guns into the campaign too.) From the Charleston Gazette:
Sen. Joe Manchin said that if his Senate campaign were going on today, he would not release the “Dead Aim” television ad, where he shot a rifle and promised to take “dead aim” at the cap and trade bill, because of Saturday’s tragedy in Arizona.
“I can’t say that we would, I really can’t,” Manchin said. “Because it’s a much more more sensitive thing we’re dealing with right now.”
Manchin held a conference call with reporters to promote his “Call for Common Sense Tour” of the state.
He didn’t say he regretted releasing the ad, but acknowledged that what happened Saturday has changed the political environment.
“I hope this terrible act of immense pain encourages all of us to come together with a renewed spirit to work together for our nation,” he said.
He also said that he really didn’t see a connection between the shootings and his ad, which Manchin stressed was a metaphor for a piece of legislation and was not aimed at a person.
“That (Arizona shooting) was the act of a crazed, deranged person, but it would have made anybody more sensitive to that,” Manchin said.