Kennedy Jr. has apologized to his family members for a surprise Super Bowl ad that dramatically featured his relationship with his uncle, former President John F. Kennedy.
RFK Jr. claimed that the group responsible for the ad, American Values Super PAC, did not consult with him or his campaign when preparing the ad. However, RFK Jr., who is running for president as an independent, pinned the video to the top of his X profile.
RFK Jr.’s cousin, Bobby Shriver, first complained about the ad in a post Sunday night, writing that his uncles and mother would never have approved of RFK Jr.’s “murderous views on health care.”
“My cousin’s Super Bowl ad used our uncle’s faces and my mother’s faces. She would have been appalled by his murderous views on health care. Respect for science, vaccines, and equality in health care was in her DNA. She strongly supported my work in health care…which “He disagrees,” Shriver wrote.
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“Bobby, I am so sorry if this ad caused you pain. The ad was created and aired by American Values Superpac without any involvement or approval from my campaign. Federal rules prohibit Superpacs from consulting with me or my staff. I send you and your family my sincere apologies. God bless you,” RFK Jr. responded.
Follow RFK Jr. The statement issued a more general apology to any of his family members hurt by the ad, again noting that “FEC rules prohibit Super PACs from consulting with me or my employees.”
American Values ran 2024 30-second ads for $7 million. The clip is a throwback to an ad his uncle JFK used in 1960 presidential campaign.
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The ad, which replaces JFK’s face with that of RFK Jr., implores viewers to “vote independent.”
“Paranoid power brokers in Washington, D.C., are working overtime to keep Kennedy off the ballot because they know he can and will end the culture of greed and corruption,” Tony Lyons, co-founder of American Values 2024, said in a statement provided to Fox News Digital.
“They offer us high inflation, perpetual wars, and chronic disease. RFK Jr. offers us real change along with freedom, trust, and hope. Like his uncle and father, Kennedy is a corruption fighter, and it’s no wonder the DNC is trying.” “Every old trick is invented and new tricks are invented to stop it. The public sees it all and will not bear it.”
Kennedy initially sought to challenge President Biden in the 2024 Democratic presidential primary, but the Democratic National Committee said it would not hold primary debates and stood behind the incumbent.
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He declared himself as an independent candidate in October, and received support in opinion polls from a large number of Democrats – and even some Republicans.
Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.