In a new advertisement for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Martin Sheen praises the president while blaming Republicans for the nation’s economic woes.
The actor-activist, who once portrayed fictional President Jed Bartlet in the long-running television series, “The West Wing,” is seen in the new ad heaping praise on President Barack Obama while criticizing the GOP.
Using one of the Obama administration’s campaign themes, Sheen sets up the ad spot by claiming that the president inherited a slew of problems from the previous administration.
“When President Obama stepped on the stage, our nation was in crisis on the brink of a global economic meltdown,” Sheen says.
He then extols the president for “helping America rise again,” while he castigates the “cynics and partisans who stood against him not out of principle or patriotism but simply so he’d fail.”
Sheen explicitly attacks the GOP and makes a senior-scaring accusation, claiming that Republicans are working to end Medicare.
“The same Republicans in Congress who obstructed Mr. Obama every step on the road back now want to end Medicare, eliminate it altogether,” Sheen claims. “And what is their goal? Simply to sacrifice Medicare in order to give tax cuts to special interests. That is not the America I was raised to love.”
In addition to his presidential TV persona, Sheen is well known for movie roles that include “Apocalypse Now,” “Wall Street,” and “The Departed.”
In 2006, according to the New York Times, members of the Democratic Party in Ohio contacted Sheen and attempted to persuade him to run for the U.S. Senate. Sheen reportedly declined, stating, “I'm just not qualified. You're mistaking celebrity for credibility.”
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sheen initially endorsed New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. However, he shifted his support to Obama after Richardson dropped out.
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