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— Wiley Nickel is standing in front of a bounce house denouncing political extremism.

On one end of the bouncy castle are kids jumping while wearing “Make America Great Again” shirts, a reference to former President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. On the other end are children wearing shirts with the names of Democratic U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, two of the party’s most liberal Democrats.

“This is my dad, Wiley Nickel,” Adeline, the young daughter of the aspiring congressman, says in the campaign ad, looking into the camera. “He says Congress is just like this bounce house. It just doesn’t work if people are too far on the left or too far on the right.”

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