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JFK Family Asks GOP to Drop Tax Cut Ad

March 13, 2001|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The family of former President John F. Kennedy asked a group of Republican consultants on Monday to spike a radio ad for the Bush administration's tax cut that includes a clip of the late president pitching his own across-the-board tax cuts in 1962.

The letter from Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late former president, and his brother Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said the GOP ad is "intellectually dishonest and politically irresponsible."

"President Kennedy's tax cut was responsible. Only 6% of President Kennedy's tax cut went to those earning over $300,000 in today's dollars. The Bush tax cut gives them seven times that," said the letter to GOP consultant Greg Mueller.

The Kennedys said a better comparison is with the Reagan tax cut "that favored the wealthiest Americans."

The Republicans said they would continue to use the ad. Bill Dal Col, a consultant involved in the ad, said: "It's a policy ad and a policy debate. I'm sure President Kennedy would have wanted a vigorous policy debate."

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