The Lincoln Project has broadcast a new commercial in which Martin Sheen calls on voters to go to the polls and cast their votes, with “the whole world watching” on Election Day.
In the Republican Anti-Trump Group’s new commercial, Sheen says Tuesday’s election will “change our lives forever” and “change the way this country thinks about itself” in the future.
The West Wing actor also said the 2020 election will mark “the first day of the rest of American life” and provide a chance to “get the train back on track. He did not explicitly endorse any particular candidate in the entire clip, but said earlier that he despised President Donald Trump.
Sheen reported on the latest publicity for the Lincoln Project: “Good morning. Today is the first day of the rest of American life. One day. A day that in one way or another will change how this country thinks about itself. A final push to get the train back on its tracks.
Good morning, Mr. President. Today is the first day of the rest of America’s life.
Spoken by Martin Sheen. pic.twitter.com/JCaj5IyZnr
– The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) November 3, 2020
“A day that cannot wipe out the last nine months or the last four years, but can clear a path for a thousand better days in the future. A day when America is hanging on a tightrope. A day when the whole world watches as a parent in the stands slips through their fingers.
“Come on, America, come on. A day that will now take place right before our eyes, hour after hour, vote after vote, with history on our shoulders. A day that will change our lives forever. It is November 3, 2020, America. We have one day”.
The new ad for the Lincoln Project has received more than 380,000 views and over 38,000 Like on Twitter at the time of reporting. A version on YouTube was viewed a further 70,000 times and liked by more than 8,000 users.
It comes shortly after another campaign video of the Anti-Trump Super PAC, which also aimed to get people to vote.
The ad, which was released late Sunday, featured the Ray Charles version of the song “America the Beautiful”. The video called on the public to “vote for hope, for America, and for change,” using footage of the Statue of Liberty and other landmarks in the United States, including Mount Rushmore.
The co-founder of the Lincoln Project, Steve Schmidt, shared the video on Twitter: “This is the first time the music of the great Ray Charles has been used in a political advertisement. Many thanks to the Ray Charles Foundation. @ProjectLincoln VOTE HIM OUT.”