The ailing Sen. Ted Kennedy has recorded an advertisement for Sen. Chris Dodd touting his work on health care.
Here’s the transcript:
SENATOR KENNEDY: Quality healthcare as a fundamental right for all Americans has been the cause of my life, and Chris Dodd has been my closest ally in this fight. Today more than ever, we have a real opportunity to bring healthcare reform to Connecticut and all across America, and I believe that with Chris Dodd’s leadership, our families will finally have accessible, affordable healthcare.
SENATOR DODD: I’m Chris Dodd and I approve this message.
It’s really a powerful ad, I think. Kennedy is a monumental figure in the health care debate, even now, and the fact that he’d do an ad for Dodd despite his illness speaks volumes about both Dodd’s leadership on the issue and Dodd’s continuing vulnerability.
Dodd’s campaign wants to show Dodd as taking Kennedy’s place, and being essential to the success of health care reform. The ad is called “Dodd’s Leadership,” and Jay Howser, Dodd’s campaign manager has this to say:
“Having seen the results on these and other issues Dodd’s been involved in, Kennedy felt confident tapping him for this job. This is a critical conversation our nation is having, and Connecticut’s Chris Dodd is leading the debate.”
The ad will begin running tomorrow (Sunday).
Dodd will be appearing on ABC’s This Week to talk about the evolving health care legislation. Dodd has strongly supported a public option.