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Bobby Shriver's ties that bind

Bobby Shriver's ties that bind

Kennedy memorabilia is scattered around Bobby Shriver's campaign headquarters. On one wall hangs a photo of a giant Robert F. Kennedy mural, on another the signed text of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's 1980 speech to the Democratic National Convention: "To Bobby. Christmas. Love, Uncle Ted."

But the former Santa Monica mayor is tired of news stories tagging him as the nephew of President John F. Kennedy. He'd rather be known for getting AIDS medicine to Africa, or producing Christmas albums to raise money for the Special Olympics. Recapping his career highlights in an interview, Shriver leaned forward and raised his voice.

"So that's not 'John F. Kennedy's nephew,'...

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