Thursday, February 29, 2024

Super PAC supporting RFK Jr. airs $7 million ad during Super Bowl

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s super PAC, American Values ​​2024, ran a 30-second ad on the independent candidate’s presidential campaign during Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday.

The ad featured images of the 70-year-old candidate in a vintage look, while using slogans, clips and a jingle that drew on the legacy of his uncle, former President John F. Kennedy.

Super PAC co-founder Tony Lyons confirmed to CBS News that the Super Bowl ad cost $7 million.

“The panicked Washington power brokers are working overtime to keep Kennedy out of the election because they know he can and will end their culture of greed and corruption. They are giving us spiraling inflation, eternal wars and chronic diseases,” Lyons said in a statement sent to Washington. at CBS News.

“I am truly sorry if the Super Bowl commercial caused any member of my family pain,” Kennedy said in a social media post Sunday evening. “The ad was created and distributed by the American Values ​​Super PAC without any involvement or endorsement from my campaign. FEC rules prohibit Super PACs from consulting me or my staff. I love you all. God bless you.”

However, Kennedy’s press secretary, Stefanie Spear, said in a separate statement to CBS News that “we are pleasantly surprised and grateful to the American Values ​​PAC for airing an ad during the Super Bowl where more than 100 million Americans were able to see that Robert F. “Kennedy Jr. is running as an independent candidate for President of the United States. ”

To date, Kennedy is only officially qualified for the ballot in Utah. According to the campaign, he reached the signature threshold on January 23, but the campaign is still working on the paperwork.

The Democratic National Committee filed a complaint with the FEC against Kennedy’s campaign and his super PAC on Friday, claiming the two colluded to put Kennedy on the ballot.

“It’s fitting that the first national ad promoting Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s candidacy was bought and paid for by Donald Trump’s biggest donor this cycle. RFK Jr. is nothing more than a Trojan horse in this race,” said DNC spokesperson Alex. Floyd said in a statement following the publicity.

“Like his uncle and father, Kennedy is a corruption fighter, and it’s no wonder the DNC is trying all the old tricks and inventing new ones to stop him. The public sees through all of this and doesn’t will not tolerate it,” Lyons said. said Sunday.

Political strategist Robert Shrum, a speechwriter and consultant to the late former Sen. Ted Kennedy, said on social media: “This RFK Jr. Super Bowl ad is a pure plagiarism of the 1960 JFK ad. What a fraud – and to quote Lloyd Bentsen with a slight amendment: “Bobby, you are not John Kennedy.” Instead, you are a Trump ally. »

Several members of Kennedy’s family condemned his independent bid for the presidency. In October 2023, when he announced he would run as an independent, four of his siblings released a statement. calling his decision “dangerous for the country”.

Kennedy’s cousin, Bobby Shriver, wrote on science, vaccines, and healthcare equity was in her DNA. She strongly supported my healthcare work at @ONECampaign and @RED which she opposes.

And Bobby Shriver’s brother Mark Shriver also commented, saying: “I agree with my brother @bobbyshriver, it’s that simple.”

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