“I didn’t understand how much the system worked against people without power and money, that the rules were different for some of us. Too often that’s still true, especially in Washington. I approve this message, because it’s time for that to change.”
Atlanta, GA – Today, Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and U.S. Senate candidate Reverend Raphael Warnock released his third TV ad of the cycle, “Store”, detailing his own childhood experience dealing with systemic racism and inequities, and his promise to fight to level the playing field for all working Georgians.
Since becoming Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, the historic spiritual home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Warnock has been an outspoken advocate for access to affordable health care, helping lead efforts in Georgia to expand Medicaid, and he’s been a statewide leader on protecting voting rights, including helping to register over 400,000 new voters as the former Chair of the New Georgia Project.
Warnock’s first TV ad “Grew Up” — released in August — detailed his humble upbringing in Savannah, Georgia and commitment to fighting to expand access to affordable, quality health care, protecting the dignity of workers and ensuring the right to vote. His second ad, “Counseled”, also released last month, focused on the pastor’s experience helping families through economic hardship and personal crises, including during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Watch “Store” here
Full Transcript of “Store”, below:
[Warnock Voiceover]: 1982. A 12 year old is accused of stealing and dragged out a store. Told he looks suspicious because his hands are in his pockets.
[Warnock]: I’m Raphael Warnock, and that boy, was me.
Back then I didn’t understand how much the system works against those without power and money, that the rules were different for some of us.
Too often that’s still true today, especially in Washington. I approve this message, because it’s time for that to change.”
Reverend Warnock launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate in January 2020, and independent analysts at Cook Political immediately moved the race to one of the most competitive in the nation. Warnock outraised every candidate – Democrat and Republican – for the special election in the first two fundraising quarters this year. He’s also earned support from leaders across the state including Stacey Abrams, the late John Lewis, Congresswoman Lucy McBath, Ambassador Andrew Young, Jon Ossoff, Teresa Tomlinson, Sarah Riggs Amico, Jason Carter and countless local officials. In addition to robust support from Georgians, he is backed by Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, Democracy for America, the Congressional Black Caucus PAC as well as Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and over 30 United States Senators, including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Sherrod Brown and Cory Booker.
About Reverend Warnock
Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. Fourteen years ago, he was chosen to serve as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is only the fifth Senior Pastor in the history of the church and the youngest pastor ever selected to serve in that position. Reverend Warnock believes his service does not stop at the church door, and has been an advocate to expand health care coverage and to ensure hardworking Georgians can make a living wage. As Senator, Reverend Warnock will bring to Washington the concerns of struggling Georgia families who wonder why no one is looking out for them, and focus on fighting for quality, affordable health care, for the dignity of working people who are paid too little as our government works more for Wall Street, and to make sure every voice is heard.
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