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Monday, January 25, 2021

VIDEO: Billy Crystal and Bill Kristol Encourage Jews to Vote for Biden

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Erin Ben-Moche
Erin is the Digital Content Manager at the Jewish Journal. She also covers Jewish art, entertainment and culture.

Besides similar sounding names, comedian Billy Crystal and conservative political analyst Bill Kristol don’t have much in common. 

But in a new video, “2 Bills 4 Biden,” sponsored by the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA), they teamed up to encourage Jewish Americans to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. 

“I’m a Republican and a conservative,” notes Kristol, who, like Crystal, is Jewish, in the video. “Well, I’m reform,” adds Crystal, referring to the Jewish denomination, noting he prefers the English text during services.

Despite their diverse positions on the political spectrum, comedy and, yes, baseball (Yankees vs. Mets), Kristol and Crystal “agree that we need a president who has a good plan to deal with COVID.”

Both Bills also agree that Biden is the best candidate who will “protect Medicare and Social Security.”  

Kistrol, founder of Defending Democracy Together and Republican Voters Against Trump, actively has been working with Jewish groups including the JDCA to get Biden elected.

According to the JDCA’s website, its goal is to promote policy consistent with socially progressive, pro-Israel, Jewish community values. 

After the vice presidential debate on Oct. 7 between Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Mike Pence, Crystal told late-night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel that the comical political campaign ad was directed by legend Rob Reiner, who directed Crystal in “The Princess Bride,” in an effort to encourage seniors to get out and vote blue in Florida.

“It’s a spot for senior citizens in Florida because if we can get the seniors out to vote for Joe Biden, which is what we’re both about in the ad, then we can win Florida. Then there’s almost no way that Trump can win,” Crystal told Kimmel. “This was such great way to educate people … in a humorous way to get them to vote for the right guy.”

For more information on Biden’s policies and stances on Jewish ideals, visit JDCA’s website. 

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