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 MarkeyEd MarkeyHouse Republican proposes constitutional amendment to prevent Supreme Court expansion Biden can make history on nuclear arms reductions Democrats roll out legislation to expand Supreme Court 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 KennedyFive centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to name Speaker Government spending bill to include bipartisan energy provisions 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-CortezOn The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to lowest level since lockdowns | Retail sales surge in March | Dow, S&P hit new records Ocasio-Cortez says she disagrees with holding up infrastructure over SALT Democrats battle over best path for Puerto Rico 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 WarrenDemocrats reintroduce bill to block US from using nuclear weapons first CEO who gave employees K minimum wage says revenue tripled 6 years later Forgiving K in school loans would free 36 million student borrowers from debt: data 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.