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Watch Rand Paul take a chainsaw to the tax code, literally

Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Campaigns In Las VegasPresidential Candidate Rand Paul Campaigns In Las Vegas
Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is flanked by more than 74,000 pieces of paper representing the size of the U.S. tax code as he speaks during a campaign stop at an Embassy Suites hotel on June 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph by Ethan Miller — Getty Images

How would Rand Paul lower tax rates? By feeding them into a woodchipper, apparently.

The libertarian-minded Kentucky senator and Republican presidential candidate released a video Tuesday that showed him using a variety of techniques to physically assault a printed copy of the tax code.

“Hey, I’m Rand Paul and I’m trying to kill the tax code, all 70,000 pages of it,” Paul, clad in a black “Detroit Republican” t-shirt, tells the camera. He flogs his plan for a 14.5 percent flat tax that would fit on one page with a one-page tax return. The video then invites viewers to click through to see Paul destroy the code by setting it on fire, shredding it with a chainsaw, and reducing it to pulp in a woodchipper, all soundtracked by an electric guitar wailing the Star Spangled Banner.

With the Republican field bulging to 16 candidates Tuesday as Ohio Gov. John Kasich officially entered the race — and with Donald Trump domineering the media coverage — Paul’s video had the feel of a stunt designed to recapture some attention. But as the current front-runner’s entire candidacy is demonstrating in real-time, at this stage of the campaign, stunts work.