A Super Bowl ad touting Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s independent presidential bid and invoking President John F. Kennedy has angered the Kennedy family.
“My cousin’s Super Bowl commercial used our uncle’s faces and my mother’s faces. She would be appalled by his deadly health care views,” Bobby Shriver, former mayor of Santa Monica and son of Eunice Kennedy and Sargent Shriver, written the, formerly Twitter. “Respect for science, vaccines and health care equity was in his DNA. She strongly supported my health care work at @ONECampaign & @RED which he opposes.
Former California First Lady Maria Shriver reposted the post, while her brother Mark Shriver wrote that he agreed with the post, “simple as that.”
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental lawyer known for promoting anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, responded with a apologies.
“I am truly sorry if the Super Bowl commercial caused any member of my family grief,” he wrote on no involvement or endorsement of my campaign. FEC rules prohibit Super PACs from consulting me or my staff. I love you all. God bless.”
However, he continued to promote the ad on his X feed, at one point pinning it to the top of his profile.
Bobby Shriver declined to comment.
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The 30-second ad airing Sunday is an edited version of a one-minute ad promoting John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign, replacing photos of the late president with images of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
A political media buyer estimated the ad cost between $6 million and $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 lives in Los Angeles part of the year with his wife, actress Cheryl Hines, initially announced his presidential candidacy, he said he would run as a Democrat. He then announced that he would run as an independent, which is why he will not be running in the California primary election on March 5.
Candidates not affiliated with a political party do not appear on California’s presidential primary ballot, but can appear on the general election ballot if they submit more than 219,000 signatures (1% of the number of registered voters in the state). ‘State).
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