In politics, it’s go big or go home. That was the idea behind a recent video released by the campaign of Eric Greitens, a decorated Navy SEAL that is currently running for the governor’s seat in Missouri as a Republican with strong conservative ideals. A popular author and speaker, Greitens brings some big accolades with him into the race, including being previously listed as one of the top 100 most influential people by Time magazine, and one of the world’s top 50 leaders by Fortune. However, it seems that Greitens brings even bigger guns into the race as well—it was quite literally the title of his most recent ad. In the video, Greitens burned through what appeared to be thousands of rounds of ammunition as an announcer criticized the Obama administration and reiterated the candidate’s key platform issues. Among them was job creation, the protection of life, and supporting the Second Amendment.
“I am not a career politician,” Greitens wrote in an online statement. “I’ve never run for office, and I don’t pretend to have all the answers. In fact, the political world is still a very foreign place to me. But I believe Missouri is heading the wrong direction, and I don’t trust the career politicians who created this mess to fix it.”
Whatever his campaign is doing, it does seem to be working. Greitens cinched the Republican nomination on Tuesday, setting him on a path to face off against Democrat Chris Koster, who also happens to be the state Attorney General, in November. Describing himself as a former Democrat, Greitens focused heavily on his background in the military over the course of the campaign, and often branded himself as a conservative Navy SEAL. Firearms, which is a top issue for the candidate, has remained in the fore. You can watch another ad where Greitens blows up a target below.
“As Americans, we deserve much better than what we’re getting from our government,” Greitens wrote. “We don’t need more rhetoric. We want results. And that means changing politics as usual, which won’t be easy. But nothing worthwhile ever is. You have to fight for what you believe in, and I, for one, have never backed down from that kind of fight.”