'Lincoln' Rallies the Troops, Airs New TV Spot During Presidential Debate

Walt Disney Studios capitalized on Wednesday night’s televised debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney by airing a new TV spot for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which is heading toward its Nov. 9 release date. 

Ironically, as the two political parties competing fight to further divide the nation, the Lincoln spot is titled “Unite” and shows off notable leaders who emerged in the years following Lincoln’s term in office, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Ghandi. Beneath the images, Daniel Day-Lewis narrates in character as Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president, who wrestles with the state of his fractured union in the years after the Civil War. 
 
It’s a deeply moving clip, an intelligent way to tie contemporary audiences into what could be perceived as a dry history lesson marked by some memorable performances.
 
“Shall we stop this bleeding?” Day-Lewis asks. 
 
Find out when Lincoln opens in a few weeks. The movie plans to hold its world premiere in Los Angeles at the AFI Fest, open in limited release on Nov. 9, and expand everywhere on Nov. 16. The new clip is fiery. Check it out below and let us know what you think:
 

 
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