RFK Jr. apologizes to family for Super Bowl ad that invoked President John F. Kennedy

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RFK Jr. apologizes to family for Super Bowl ad that invoked President John F. Kennedy

Elections 2024, California politics

Ziema Mehta

February 12, 2024

A Super Bowl ad promoting the independent presidential candidacy of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was touted and appealed to by President John F. Kennedy, drew the Irishman from the Kennedy family.

My cousins’ Super Bowl ad used the faces of our uncles and my mothers. She is said to be shocked by his deadly views on health care, Bobby Shriver, the former mayor of Santa Monica and the son of Eunice Kennedy and Sargent Shriver. wrote on X, formerly Twitter. Respect for science, vaccines and healthcare equality were in her DNA. She supported my healthcare work @ONECampaign & @RED what he is against. [this is verbatim language]

Former California First Lady Maria Shriver reposted the message


brother Mark Shriver wrote that he agreed with the message, “so simple.”

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental lawyer known for promoting anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, responded with one apology.

“I’m so sorry if the Super Bowl ad caused anyone in my family pain,” he wrote on X. The ad was created and aired by the American Values ​​Super PAC without any involvement or endorsement from my campaign. FEC rules prohibit Super PACs from consulting with me or my staff. I love you all. God bless you.

However, he continued to promote the ad on his X-feed, at one point posting it at the top of his profile.


Shriver declined to comment.

The 30-second ad that aired Sunday is a modified version of a one-minute ad promoting John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign, replacing the late president’s photos with images of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

A political media buyer estimated the ad cost $6 to $7 million.

Democrats have previously criticized the American Values ​​Super PAC for being funded by a major donor to former President Trump.

When Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who lived part of the year in Los Angeles with his wife, actor Cheryl Hines, initially announced his presidential bid, he said he would run as a Democrat. He later announced that he would run as an independent, which is why he will not appear in the California primary on March 5.

Candidates who are not affiliated with a political party do not appear in California’s primary elections, but can appear on the general election ballot if they submit more than 219,000 signatures (1% of the state’s registered voters).


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