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Bam! Hit 'Em Right in the Mouth!': Iconic Football Coach Sets Republican Candidate Straight as Only He Can

"Stick to the game plan!"

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CHICAGO (TheBlaze/AP) — Da Coach has weighed in on Da Campaign for Illinois governor.

Former Chicago Bears football coach Mike Ditka — never one to shy away from speaking his mind — appears in a new TV ad for Republican candidate Bruce Rauner. It aired Sunday during a broadcast of the Bears game against the Buffalo Bills.

The 30-second spot plays off Ditka's reputation as a tough, no-nonsense task master.

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In it, the Super Bowl-winning coach sits across a table at a restaurant and tells Rauner he likes him because he opposes special interests and is "tough." Then Ditka pops a clenched fist into his palm and adds, "Bam! Hit 'em right in the mouth!"

When Rauner responds that maybe he's "been too hard" on special interests, Ditka gives him a 10-second, silent, cold stare...

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...after which the Republican backtracks, saying, "OK. You're right. I don't know what I was thinking."

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"Yeah, stick to the game plan, Bruce!" Ditka barks. "Stick to the game plan!"

Rauner, a multimillionaire businessman, is locked in a tight campaign race against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Quinn's campaign responded to the ad in a statement later in the day, drawing attention to the Republican challenger's wealth.

"Only a billionaire ... could afford to run such expensive ads during the Bears game," the Quinn campaign said.

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