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Martin Sheen narrates newly voiced Kennedy ad

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2018

* Press release…

Chris Kennedy’s campaign for Governor released the following ad today, narrated by Martin Sheen. The ad highlights Chris Kennedy’s values and family history. The ad will run statewide, across multiple markets.

…Adding… This is the same ad as last week’s “Ideals” ad with a new narrator, so the headline was changed.

* The ad

* Script…

RFK: “Few will have the greatness to bend history …. generation.”

Narrator: Chris Kennedy’s father fought for civil rights, equality and fairness

RFK: of all those acts will be written the history of this generation…

Narrator: Today, the fight lives on in Chris’s campaign for Governor. To take on a broken political system. Endorsed by Newspapers across the State as Authentic and Independent… Kennedy will be an Anti-establishment Governor with a progressive agenda. And the vision to reshape Illinois.

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  1. - Fax Machine - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 10:23 am:

    *re-released the following ad*

  2. - DarkHorse - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 10:24 am:

    Terrific ad - especially if you’re 50 or older, or a fan of “West Wing”. If only Kennedy has $1 million for one week of this.

  3. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 10:26 am:

    Could be why Kennedy, so crassly, went after Pritzker’s family as he did.

    Maybe? No? Hmm.

  4. - Rutro - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 10:27 am:

    Now if they had used Charlie Sheen.

  5. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 10:27 am:

    ===If only Kennedy…===

    The real theme of the Kennedy campaign.

  6. - Hiawatha - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 10:33 am:

    Great ad.

    I wonder about the other ad Kennedy made to rebut some of the charges JB has been making against him. Kennedy tweeted the ad yesterday. Is this being broadcast?

  7. - Anon0091 - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 10:34 am:

    “Now if they had used Charlie Sheen.”


    Seriously though, going back to Dad and JFK makes sense when you don’t have much else, but geez what an empty well. And according to the CapFax poll, Dems over 50 gave Kennedy his best numbers but still showed he’s losing to Pritzker by about 10 so we’ll see if there’s enough of that Kennedy magic left to move numbers.

  8. - Tommydanger - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 10:36 am:

    I like this Bobby Kennedy guy, too bad he’s not running.


  9. - Iggy - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 10:39 am:

    I would have enjoyed an updated version of JFK’s Jingle commercial of, Kennedy, Kennedy Kennedy. But instead its about Chris, and they use a little image of his head that bounces on top of the words Kennedy as they flash across the screen. Now that would be a throw back I would enjoy.

  10. - A guy - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 10:45 am:

    It’s really a good ad. It was before, and now it is better. Sheen’s voice makes it more disruptive so you take notice.

    Why has it taken Chris this long to get it right?
    Nevermind. I know. Very strong ad nonetheless.

  11. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 10:50 am:

    Martin Sheen has made some serious beer money on the Kennedys.

    He’s played both JFK and RFK on TV, and he’s the narrator of the current CNN doc series on the family.

    It’s a crime the dude didn’t even get nominated for Best Actor for “Apocalypse Now.” In addition to a great performance in a historic flick, he came back from both a mental breakdown and a heart attack in the middle of the shoot in The Phillipines.

  12. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 10:57 am:

    How big is the buy? Is this running in other markets or just Chicago? Did Sheen also make a six figure donation?

    It’s a good ad, but it’s late and lots of people need to see this or Kennedy doesn’t have a chance.

  13. - City Zen - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 11:13 am:

    Narrator: I was going to the worst place in the world and I didn’t even know it yet.

  14. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 11:40 am:

    This is his best, albeit that ain’t saying much. When is the primary anyway? /s

  15. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 12:10 pm:

    Great ad

  16. - OneMan - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 12:14 pm:

    Looking forward to the JB spot going after Bartlet for hiding his MS.

  17. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 12:17 pm:

    “I wanted a mission — and for my sins, they gave me one.”

    – MrJM

  18. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 12:35 pm:

    Great ad. The guy really looks like his father. He’s my guy, I voted for him. Too bad it’s very late. He should have started his campaign this way.

  19. - don the legend - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 12:42 pm:

    As Carl Fox, maybe he can deliver the airplane mechanics union for Kennedy.

  20. - Red fish blue fish - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 12:51 pm:

    Stellar voice over.
    Could be helpful depending on the size of the ad buy.

  21. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 1:05 pm:

    –Narrator: I was going to the worst place in the world and I didn’t even know it yet.–

    If you’re a fan of the flick, you owe it to yourself to see the making-of doc, “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse.”

    In many respects, it’s a just as compelling examination of power gone mad. And it’s real.

  22. - Anon - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 4:31 pm:

    If only I hadn’t already early voted . . .

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