Senate hopeful Mike Durant takes aim at Biden vaccine mandates in TV ad — ‘No more China virus scare tactics’

By Dylan Smith December 8, 2021

U.S. Senate hopeful Mike Durant on Wednesday released a new television spot in which the candidate takes exception to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

The new television ad is Durant’s third spot of the 2022 primary election cycle. His campaign’s initial ad, which was first reported by Yellowhammer News, featured Durant touting his military service while sporting his Army aviator jumpsuit aboard a Black Hawk helicopter.

The campaign’s new ad titled, “Mandates,” turns Durant’s attention to Biden over the president’s policies regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

The ad features Durant at his defense contracting company, Pinnacle Solutions, asserting that Biden’s vaccine decrees would serve to cost his employees their jobs.

“Career politicians in Washington astound me with their stupidity, and Biden’s vaccine mandate, it takes the cake,” says Durant.

“Running my defense company here in Alabama, vaccine mandates cost me engineers and people with top level security clearances. They’ll be gone,” the candidate adds. “No vaccine mandates, no more scare tactics on the China virus, and no more career politicians.”

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In a statement outlining his opposition to vaccine mandates, Durant lambasted “career politicians” while making note of his experience as a business owner.

“I’m sick of career politicians who have never had a real job telling me how to run my business,” said Durant. “I built a successful business right here in Alabama that employs over 500 people — I know what it takes. My message is clear: No more China virus scare tactics and no more vaccine mandates.”

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL

ABOUT MIKE DURANT

On October 3rd, 1993, during combat Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu Somalia, “Super Six Four,” the Blackhawk helicopter flown by Mike Durant, was hit by an RPG and crashed in the city.

Mike and and his crew, Ray Frank, Bill Cleveland, and Tommy Field, all badly injured, fought for their lives as a violent mob approached. Witnessing what was about to happen from above, two members of the elite Special Operations unit Delta Force – MSG Gary Gordon and SFC Randy Shughart – volunteered to be inserted to defend them. They too were eventually overcome by the mob.

But Mike Durant, somehow survived, was captured and held as a POW by Somali General Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

The heroic actions of Gordon and Shughart – who were both posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor – are the reason Mike is alive today. Mike has seen sacrifice – fellow service members who put honor, country, and mission above all else. He knows firsthand that the United States leaves no one behind.

While in captivity, Mike heard the voice and promise of Dan Jollota broadcast from the sky:

“Mike Durant, we will not leave without you.”

Now, Mike is signing up for one more tour of duty to serve his country and Alabama in the United States Senate.

He’s watched as the Biden administration has deserted these core principles – abandoning our allies, along with American citizens, in Afghanistan; cowering to the influence of the Chinese as they evade responsibility for the Wuhan Virus; and letting the radical left open our borders and try and re-define the essence of what America stands for through misguided and distorted revisions of our history like “critical race theory”.

Mike believes that President Trump was the first President in his lifetime who always pushed for policies that put America first. That’s because he knows that America is more than just a country – it is a beacon of hope and freedom for the entire world.

President Trump knew it, Mike Durant lived it. And he will carry that vision forward in the U.S. Senate.

Mike Durant was released from captivity in Somalia after 11 days. He would later write a book titled In the Company of Heroes, about his experience on that mission in Somalia and the many other missions he participated in during his career. He also wrote The Night Stalkers, about the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) in which he served.

After retiring from the Army with 22 years of active-duty service, Mike moved to Alabama with his family to start a new chapter in his life. He started and grew a highly successful business – Pinnacle Solutions, an engineering and services company based in Huntsville.

In thirteen years, Pinnacle has grown from a home office-based startup to over 500 employees and more than 175 subcontractor personnel operating in sixteen US and international locations with major prime and subcontract efforts supporting the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, NASA and the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics and a Master of Business Administration in Aviation degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Mike’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with Valor device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, one with Valor device, the POW/MIA ribbon, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and numerous other awards.

He and his wife Lisa (also an Army Aviator) reside in Huntsville and have a family of six children, four boys and two girls, three grandchildren and a fourth on the way.