Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed Markey in his reelection fight against Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III in September, narrates the entire 30-second spot, describing the 74-year-old Markey as the progressive “champion” that America needs to solve the problems of “systemic injustice and inequality.” As she speaks, images of Black Lives Matter protests and scenes from the coronavirus pandemic flash on the screen.
Ocasio-Cortez notes that Markey was an original co-sponsor of Medicare For All and wrote the Green New Deal with her, which has become the signature legislative issue for both lawmakers.
“When it comes to progressive leadership, it’s not your age that counts,” Ocasio-Cortez says, addressing the camera directly. “It’s the age of your ideas. And Ed Markey is the leader that we need.”
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