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 MarkeyHuman rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action Nearly 140 Democrats urge EPA to 'promptly' allow California to set its own vehicle pollution standards Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines 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 KennedySupreme Court confounding its partisan critics Warren says she'll run for reelection to Senate Five centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote 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-CortezFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Shontel Brown wins Ohio Democratic primary in show of establishment strength On The Money: Biden issues targeted eviction moratorium | GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal 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 WarrenStaff seeks to create union at DNC America's middle class is getting hooked on government cash — and Democrats aren't done yet California Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election 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.