Congressional Candidate Mimics Van Damme Truck Trick in Ad

Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 05:17 PM

By Cynthia Fagen

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A Republican Congressional candidate from Georgia is driving home his message against Obamacare in a video parody of a daredevil stunt by Hollywood action hero Jean Claude Van Damme, The Hill reported Wednesday.

Mike Collins, who owns a trucking company, mimics Van Damme's "Epic Split" video in which the actor horizontally straddles two slow moving trucks in reverse in a Volvo commercial touting its "dynamic steering."

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Collins, using the same mellow tone of voice as Van Damme, talks about steering away from the "disastrous" effects of Obamacare in his own 47-second video entitled "Mike Collins Epic Split."

Collins, who is not nearly as dexterous in his self-made video as Van Damme, veers from the original video's closing credits explaining the stunt was performed on a closed road to "demonstrate the dangers of Obamacare."

"I've had my fair share of bumpy roads and heavy winds," he says in a rip off of the original, before adding, "Now I stand here before you. What you see is a small businessman confronted with ObamaCare — a disastrous government plan that defies the laws of the market and a mindset that the government knows better."

Collins — the son of former Rep. Mac Collins (R-Ga.) — is running in the mostly Republican 10th District to replace Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), who is seeking a state senate seat.

The Van Damme video has received more than 57 million views. It's not clear how many hits Collins' video has had since its Tuesday release.

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