Republican Invoking JFK Draws Kennedy Ire

Sep 22, 2010 5:23pm

ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports:

A new ad by a Republican Senate candidate featuring images of President John F. Kennedy arguing for lower taxes has drawn the ire of the Kennedy clan.

Edward Kennedy Jr., the nephew of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, posted an angry letter to Linda McMahon, the former WWE CEO and Republican Senate candidate in Connecticut. Kennedy also lives in Connecticut.

He calls McMahons’ ad “dishonest” and says that using the former President’s image gives McMahon’s tax position a “false legitimacy.”

The ad shows clips from President Kennedy in 1962 arguing for income tax reductions as an economic stimulus. McMahon is a supporter of extending all the Bush-era tax cuts that are set to expire in 2011.

Read his letter here.

Watch McMahon's ad here:


McMahon has no plans to take the ad down “Kennedy proposed across-the-board tax cuts because he recognized that a high tax ‘reduces the financial incentives for personal effort, investment and risk-taking,’” said her communications director. “That was the case 47 years ago, and it’s the case today.”

Kennedy argues that the ad doesn’t mention that marginal income rates in 1962 were 90 percent for amounts over $400,000. They’re 35 percent now.

The President Kennedy tax cut footage is becoming a go-to for Republicans. Sen. Scott Brown had a very similar, but perhaps more inventive ad when he won the special election to fill out Sen. Edward Kennedy’s term. In that ad, Kennedy actually morphed into Brown.

Brown's ad:


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