Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr endorsed Republican President Trump in an advertisement in the Manchester Union-Leader on Friday, saying Trump had “delivered for the American people.”
“That’s the kind of teammate I want,” said the 72-year-old Orr in the ad, which included a picture of Orr and his wife, Peggy, with Trump, all of them smiling and making a thumbs-up gesture.
“Some of you may still be undecided at this point. Your vote for President Trump would help to keep America moving forward in the years ahead. So please, join Peggy and me in supporting President Donald J. Trump for re-election in this most important election,” the ad said.
The ad was signed “Respectfully, Bobby Orr” and a note at the bottom read, “Paid for by Bobby Orr.”
The ad comes in the final days of Trump’s reelection campaign against Democrat Joe Biden.
Orr, who was born in Canada, said in the ad, " I have never done anything like this before, but I am greatly concerned for the country in which I have raised my family – a country I have grown to love deeply. I want my grandchildren to know the America I know, a place of patriotism and opportunity."
Orr’s endorsement came a day after golf legend Jack Nicklaus, 80, endorsed Trump in a tweet.
The Orr ad and Nicklaus tweet shared several arguments and even some phrasing.
“Perhaps you do not like his tweets or how the President says things sometimes, and that is your right. But remember, this is not a personality contest; it’s about policies and the people those policies assist,” the Orr ad said.
“You might not like the way our President says or tweets some things — and trust me, I have told him that! - but I have learned to look past that and focus on what he’s tried to accomplish. This is not a personality contest; it’s about patriotism, policies, and the people they impact,” Nicklaus wrote on Twitter.
Jeremiah Manion of the Globe staff contributed to this report.
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