Markey riffs on JFK quote in new ad touting progressive bona fides

Markey riffs on JFK quote in new ad touting progressive bona fides
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Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyA game theorist's advice to President Trump on filling the Supreme Court seat Watchdog confirms State Dept. canceled award for journalist who criticized Trump 3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing MORE (D-Mass.) released an ad Thursday touting his years of experience in the Senate and his backing from progressive Democrats as he competes for reelection with a primary challenge from Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyDemocrats see fundraising spike following Ginsburg death Massachusetts town clerk resigns after delays to primary vote count Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration MORE III (D-Mass.). 

In the nearly 3-minute ad, Markey did not directly address his primary challenger, but riffed on the iconic quote from Joe Kennedy’s great-uncle, former President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address. 

“We asked what we could do for our country. We went out, we did it,” Markey said in the ad, referencing former President Kennedy’s quote. “With all due respect it's time to start asking what your country can do for you.”


Markey appears to be leading in his reelection bid less than a month out from the Sept. 1 primary, according to a recent poll. A UMass/Amherst poll released Wednesday found Markey with a 15-point lead over Kennedy, widening his margin over his challenger considerably since February. 

Markey introduced the Green New Deal, a progressive climate change proposal, last year along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWill Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline McCarthy says there will be a peaceful transition if Biden wins MORE (D-N.Y.), one of his high-profile endorsers featured in the new ad. 

“With 500 laws on the book, you think I'm going to stop now? They wish,” Markey said in the ad. 


“We’ve got to absolutely crush Trump in November, but if we’re going to end this era of chaos, that won’t be enough. We gotta make sure President Biden signs the Green New Deal. We can’t wait,” Markey adds. 

The ad also highlights Markey’s endorsement from fellow Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds On The Money: Half of states deplete funds for Trump's 0 unemployment expansion | EU appealing ruling in Apple tax case | House Democrats include more aid for airlines in coronavirus package Warren, Khanna request IG investigation into Pentagon's use of coronavirus funds MORE (D). 

Asked for comment in response to Markey's ad, a spokesperson for the Kennedy campaign pointed to its own ad released earlier this month. 
"When it comes to Ed Markey's record in Massachusetts, our ad is much more accurate," spokesperson Emily Kaufman said in a statement. 
Updated: Aug. 16 at 3 p.m.