This Candidate Says You Can Win the “American Dream”
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This Candidate Says You Can Win the “American Dream”

Photo: John D. King For US Senate

The American dream might be within reach…

Of course, there’s a catch.

For starters, you have to be a U.S. citizen, have a gun license and be 18-years-old or older.

And an unlikely Senate Republican candidate in Tennessee has to pull off a gigantic upset and unseat incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander in the August 7th primary.

But hey, crazier things have happened.

Businessman and libertarian John King is taking a novel approach to courting voters by promising to hold an “American Dream Giveaway” if, by some crazy chance he beats Sen. Lamar Alexander and eight other candidates, the National Journal first reported.

That’s right—if he wins, he’s going to raffle off what he views as “the American Dream,” which includes a down payment on a house, several luxury SUV’s and trucks, a “dream vacation” to Hawaii, a trip to Disney World, and an assortment of firearms.

You can sign up on King’s campaign website which includes a nice display of all the prizes. Though if your name is drawn to take home one of the 12 firearms, you must have a gun permit. If you don’t, someone else gets a shot to win.

And the contest doesn’t appear to be limited to Tennesseans so anyone can enter.

Of course, King’s chances are not good. Incumbent Sen. Alexander is still leading the pack with 44 percent, followed by Tea Party-backed candidate Joe Carr, according to a May poll commissioned by Tea Party Nation.

Still, King’s American dream sweepstakes is at least a creative way to drum up a little attention and is, as far as we can tell, the first of its kind.

“Anything that can be done, including donations and voting will increase our chances of winning the August 7th Primary election. And in turn, increase the chances of giving away many awesome prizes,” King’s campaign website says.

It’s unclear who will get the prizes if King’s Republican primary bid is unsuccessful.

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