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Kennedy family members endorse Biden in rebuke of RFK Jr.

The move comes amid fears that third-party candidates could siphon critical votes from Biden

PHILADELPHIA - More than a dozen Kennedy family members endorsed President Biden for reelection at a campaign event on Thursday, saying he reflects the values and "moral leadership" of their clan's most celebrated members, a move intended in part to counter the independent campaign of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

The family members - including siblings of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. - were on hand during Biden's remarks. The event came at the end of the president's three-day sprint through the battleground state of Pennsylvania, where he has tried to paint himself as a champion of the American middle class in the Kennedy mold.

The endorsement from members of America's most famous political family was intended to showcase Biden as the torchbearer of the legacy of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963, and of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.), who was killed as he sought the presidency in 1968. It was an unusually personal rebuke of the senator's son, who is portraying himself as the true heir to the Kennedy tradition, and it reflects the Biden campaign's concern that he could siphon at least a small number of votes from the president.


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