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Comedian Billy Crystal joins Republican commentator Bill Kristol in ad for Jews for Biden

Billy Crystal joined the Jews For Biden campaign [Getty]

Date of publication: 10 October, 2020

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A famous comedian and a Republican commentator have joined forces to support Joe Biden's bid for presidency.
With US elections around the corner, comedian Billy Crystal teamed up with commentator Bill Kristol in an effort to push Jewish voters to support Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

"This ad is aimed at mobilizing a key segment of the electorate, Jewish voters, many of whom live in swing states where their votes could determine the outcome of the election," JDCA Executive Director Halie Soifer said.

"The ad features Billy Crystal and Bill Kristol, who – despite their different political views and backgrounds – are united in their support of Joe Biden. 

"Our nation is in crisis, and Joe Biden is the leader we need to address COVID-19, rising white nationalism, Trump’s assault on our democracy, and Republican efforts to deprive millions of Americans of access to affordable health care.

"That is what drove this effort, and will drive Jewish voters to reject Donald Trump and support Joe Biden in this historic election."

The ad was first previewed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and was produced for JDCA in partnership with Jews Defending American Values.

Biden is going up against Republican US President Donald Trump, who has just recovered from coronavirus.

Earlier this week Biden said he would be opposed to debating Donald Trump next week as scheduled if the US president is still sick with Covid-19, saying he would want to follow health guidelines.

"I'm looking forward to being able to debate him, but I just hope all the protocols are followed," Biden, 77, told reporters as he returned from a speech near the Civil War battlefield site in Gettysburg.

Trump, 74, announced early Friday - two days after his first debate with Biden in Cleveland - that he had tested positive for the virus.

The men are scheduled to square off again on October 15, but Biden said: "If he still has COVID, we shouldn't have a debate."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines say people who test positive for the virus should stay home for at least 10 days after symptoms first appear, while people who become severely ill might need to stay home for up to 20 days.

"It's a very serious problem, so I will be guided by... what the docs say is the right thing to do," Biden said.

Trump has given no indication he would bow out due to his health, saying in a tweet that he is "looking forward" to the next debate.

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