"A new television commercial for Prop 82, the Preschool for All initiative, features the voice of Emmy-award winning actor Martin Sheen and begins airing statewide today. Sheen, who has played fictional President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet on NBC's The West Wing since 1999, is backing Prop 82 because it will provide quality preschool to all California children.
The new ad, which will run until Election Day, highlights the broad coalition of education leaders supporting Prop 82, including Senators Boxer and Feinstein, the California Teachers Association, the California Federation of Teachers, the California Kindergarten Association, and groups representing tens of thousands of early educators."We Can" was produced by Armour Griffin Media Group. The ad is available online at: http://www.yeson82.com."
A transcript of the ad:
"Yes on Proposition 82
(Martin Sheen voice-over)
Our kids can't vote for better schools. But we can.
Every leading education group in California is saying Vote Yes on 82.
So our kids can read better and learn faster.
That's why Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer ...
450,000 California Teachers ... the Kindergarten Association ... principals ... and parents ... all say Vote Yes on 82.
So all our kids can do better in school."
There are also reports of California residents receiving phone calls with a taped message from Martin Sheen urging them to support the initiative.