RFK Jr. Announces Independent Bid for 2024, Voicing Frustration Over Partisan Divide

by | Oct 13, 2023 | News

Presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has shifted gears, announcing his decision to run as an independent candidate in the 2024 elections, following his previous lifelong affiliation with the Democratic Party. The announcement came during a “historic” event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Monday, where Kennedy unveiled his first campaign advertisement under the new political banner.

In the advertisement, Kennedy expressed being “fed up” with the existing political discord, showcased through a montage of clips featuring prominent figures like President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump, and various media personalities from MSNBC and Fox News.

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“Yeah, I was fed up too… And that’s why I’m running for President of the United States as an independent,” Kennedy proclaimed during the ad.

Kennedy’s switch to an independent candidacy comes amid concerns from some Democrats over his age, though President Biden has yet to engage with any of his primary challengers. Initially aiming to secure the Democratic nomination, Kennedy’s new political stance significantly alters his path to the White House.

Political analysts speculate that while Kennedy’s independent run may not garner the required 270 electoral votes for a victory, it could potentially act as a “spoiler” in the election by siphoning votes from moderate candidates in both the Democratic and Republican camps. Historical references to third-party candidates, like George Wallace in 1968 and Ross Perot in 1996, underscore the nuanced impact such candidates can have on election outcomes.

Recent polling data underscores according to the Washington Examiner shows a growing public appetite for a third major party, with a majority of polled voters expressing dissatisfaction with the current two-party system. The poll indicates that 58% of Republicans, 46% of Democrats, and a whopping 75% of independents believe a third major party is needed due to the poor performance of the existing parties.

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