Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, at a Tea Party Patriots rally in Washington D.C on June 19, 2013
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Tea party candidate selling Obama ‘barf bags’


Texas Republican Senate candidate Steve Stockman has nowhere near the millions of dollars his GOP opponent Sen. John Cornyn has, but the tea party congressman has a novel fundraising ploy: selling Obama “barf bags.”

Stockman unveiled the bags Tuesday on his website alongside a letter that touts the candidate as a “proud, principled conservative Tea Party Republican” who has spent “the last few years defeating liberals by helping train and launch the Tea Party.”

Every $10 donation comes with one bag printed with an image of the president and a tagline that reads, “Socialism Makes Me SICK!”

“If I win this race, you and I will be able to spend decades repealing Obama’s radical bills, unseating Obama’s radical appointees and ripping out Obama’s radical regulations,” Stockman writes in his campaign letter. “Obama’s socialism is too dangerous to send timid backstabbers to the Senate.”

The tea party congressman, who announced he would challenge Cornyn in next March’s GOP Senate primary, has gained a reputation for his extreme tweets that have contributed to the growing narrative around the right-wing’s trouble attracking women voters.

Although Stockman’s campaign has only just begun, his campaign is seen as a long shot: in a private Republican-led poll, Stockman trailed Cornyn by 44 points. 

Stockman will need to sell a lot of bags if he hopes to catch up to Cornyn financially. Cornyn has a $7 million war chest compared to Stockman’s $32,000.

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