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Guest post by Stephen Katte
Independent candidate for president Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (RFK) has issued an apology and distanced himself from the content of a controversial Superbowl campaign ad, which attracted massive backlash from within his family and drew criticism from some political pundits.
According to Anthony Lyons, the co-chairman of the super PAC, American Values 2024, it paid $7 million for the ad that ran nationally just before halftime of the game. The 30 second video drew heavily on the 1960 presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s uncle, former President John F. Kennedy.
Google Trends showed that internet searches for “RFK” soared after the spot was broadcast, with terms related to Mr. Kennedy receiving about 100 times more searches than average. However, there was backlash from the family, including from RFK’s cousins, Mark and Bobby Shriver, who were angry that their late mother’s face was used in the video.
In a Feb. 11 post on social media platform X, RFK apologized for the incident and said the ad was made without his knowledge, as according to FEC rules, his campaign is not allowed to consult with PACs.
“I’m so sorry if the Super Bowl advertisement caused anyone in my family pain,” RFK said in response to the backlash.
“The ad was created and aired by the American Values Super PAC without any involvement or approval from my campaign … I love you all. God bless you.”
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