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May 19, 2024

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RFK Jr. Holds Aurora Rally As He Attempts To Get On Colorado’s Ballot

The Denver Post reports:   A boisterous crowd packed the Stanley Marketplace in Aurora on Sunday to hear a White House pitch from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — a presidential candidate who isn’t yet on Colorado’s November ballot but who said he represents an opportunity for people to “vote out of hope and inspiration” rather than fear. Kennedy started his speech by decrying his omission from two recently scheduled presidential debates, noting that independent voters are by far the largest bloc of the American electorate. Both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump agreed to the debates — one in June and the second in September. “Don’t you think there should be an independent on the stage?” Kennedy said to loud applause. “I think it’s important that the American people get to see their presidential candidates debate.” Kennedy, an environmental lawyer, announced last fall that he would run as an independent candidate for president, eschewing his and his family’s deep Democratic Party roots. Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message, please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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May 19, 2024

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RFK Jr. Hosts Rally In Denver, Colorado

KDVR-TV reports:   Robert F. Kennedy Jr hosted a voter rally in Denver, Colorado with over 1600 attendees.   Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message, please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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May 19, 2024

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RFK Jr. Supporters: Hungry For Change

Reuters reports:   Republicans paint independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr as a radical liberal, and Democrats say he is being financed and manipulated by right-wing donors to hurt U.S. President Joe Biden's reelection bid. But interviews with Kennedy supporters show they are not interested in labels, especially those prescribed by the major political parties they have left behind. Kennedy is drawing supporters from both sides of the political divide. Some voted for Republican candidate Donald Trump in the last two elections but are now backing Kennedy. Others are disillusioned progressives ready to cast aside Biden, the incumbent. Most see Kennedy, a scion of the famed Democratic family, much as he portrays himself - a rare truth-teller committed to tackling corruption and powerful lobbying groups in Washington. It is not yet clear whether Kennedy would pull more votes away from Biden or from Trump. His supporters hold a wide range of political beliefs and voting histories. Below are excerpts from Reuters interviews with seven Kennedy supporters from across the U.S., including in the battleground states of Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina. Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message, please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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May 18, 2024

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In An Election Full Of Weak Candidates, Latinos Have Muscle To Pick The Winner

Las Vegas Review-Journal reports:   With fewer than six months until the presidential election, American voters are presented with the worst choice of candidates in a century. In an ideal world, there would be something calming and reassuring about deciding between a current president and a former one. Either could do the job from day one. But in this world, having to pick between Joe Biden and Donald Trump feels like being forced to choose between arsenic and cyanide. Both are deeply flawed candidates who spend more time talking down the other guy than talking up their accomplishments. If only this slogan fit on a bumper sticker: Vote for me. The other guy is worse. This year, we can expect third-party candidates to do better than usual. For instance, the independent candidacy of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is doing just fine, despite growing opposition from both major parties. Kennedy has been attacked by liberals such as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, and by conservatives such as Fox News’ Sean Hannity. And the piling on seems to have made him only more popular with voters. Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message, please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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May 17, 2024

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RFK Jr. Touts His Vision For Healthy America

Dallas Express reports:   A crowd of Texans looking for a change in the political status quo gathered at Brazos Hall in Austin on Monday to lend an ear as independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. gave a rousing and wide-ranging campaign speech. Kennedy, an environmental lawyer and activist, opened by praising an Amish farmer, John Kempf, who, despite having only an 8th-grade education, became a self-taught expert in immunology in agricultural plants. He promoted Kempf’s work in regenerative agriculture and the avoidance of harmful pesticides. The presidential candidate then turned his attention to a study from the turn of the millennium. He cited the “Guyer study,” which claimed that the general decline in mortality from infectious diseases that Americans saw in the 20th century was due to improvements in nutrition rather than any one medical advancement. Kennedy further identified improvements in maintaining clean water and the transportation of citrus fruits to new areas during winter months as things that improved health during that period. This notion became the jumping-off point for Kennedy’s vision for a healthy America, which includes making the most of what he sees as divine gifts. We should “bolster our immune systems, bolster the thing God gave us,” Kennedy said to uproarious cheers. “Good health does not come in a syringe.” During his speech and in the several videos shown to the audience before he hit the stage, Kennedy repeatedly hammered the well-known fact that rates of chronic disease have been skyrocketing in the United States for decades. He condemned the political system and the alleged capture of government agencies by major corporations as a “[corrupt system that] makes us feed this beast [that makes us sicker].” Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message, please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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May 15, 2024

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Will RFK Jr. Qualify For The 2024 Texas Ballot?

The Austin American-Statesman reports:   Fresh from submitting more than twice the number of petition signatures needed to qualify for a place on the 2024 Texas ballot in November, independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told a cheering audience in Austin on Monday night that he aims to shake the country out of the two-party morass that compounds the nation's problems instead of solving them. Kennedy, the son and namesake of the New York senator who was assassinated during his own quest for the White House 56 years ago, invoked the imagery and idealism of his father and of late uncle, President John F. Kennedy, who too was cut down by an assassin. But many of the issues defining the Kennedy who came Monday to downtown Austin bore little resemblance to those of his relatives who came to power in the 1960s. The younger Kennedy, who is 70, offered a mix of environmental activism and skepticism of many modern medical practices as he promised a presidency that would restore the physical and mental well-being of Americans, who he said "have the worst health outcomes in the world." "The more we spend on medicine, the unhealthier we get," Kennedy, an anti-vaccination activist, told the audience that packed into the Brazos House, which has capacity of 500, in Austin's entertainment district. Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message, please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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May 15, 2024

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RFK Jr. Clears ‘Nightmare’ Electoral Hurdles

The Dallas Express reports:   Presidential aspirant Robert F. Kennedy Jr. claimed to have made electoral history in Texas at a rally in Austin on Monday. Just a few blocks from the Capitol at Brazos Hall, Kennedy said, “We had a historic today in Texas. We handed in just under 250,000 signatures. That is more than any other presidential candidacy in the history of Texas and in the history of our country.” Since he is an independent presidential contender, Kennedy is required by Texas law to overcome a high burden to be placed on the state’s general election ballot. Part of the burden stems from the requirement that independent presidential candidates acquire 113,151 signatures on a petition to appear on the ballot, according to Ballotpedia. Ballot access expert Richard Winger previously called Texas’ ballot access restrictions a “nightmare” during an appearance on RFK Jr.’s podcast. “First of all, [Texas] has one of the earliest petition deadlines: May. Almost all states have their deadlines in August,” Winger later elaborated on the Cowtown Caller podcast. “Second, Texas is the only state where a person can’t sign the petition for an independent candidate if that person voted in the March primaries.” Winger went on to explain that this forces petitioners to find new voters or people who did not vote in the primary to get legally valid signatures. This can disqualify “maybe a third” of potential signatories, he added. He further noted that Texas provides an extremely short period of time to gather the requisite signatures. “Texas is the worst state in the country for someone running for president outside the major parties,” Winger concluded. You can read the full article here. If you resonate with this message, please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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May 13, 2024

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RFK Jr. Is Defying The Odds — Against Getting On Ballots Around The Country

Politico reports:   Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s campaign is beating ballot access expectations. The campaign turned in more than twice the signatures needed to qualify for the ballot in Texas, which requires more than 100,000 signatures from registered voters. Kennedy and his rookie campaign team’s ability to reach the requirement is an organizational feat — one they’re repeating in state after state. “The pundits, who at the beginning of this campaign, were saying it would be impossible for us to get on the ballot, and we got on the ballot in Texas,” Kennedy said at a rally in Austin, Texas, after delivering the petitions to the Secretary of State’s office. “And if we can get on in Texas, we can get on everywhere.” Kennedy and his running mate, Nicole Shanahan, are now on the ballot in four states. They have finished signature gathering in nine more and are circulating petitions for 29 others. The campaign hopes to defy the odds and get on the ballot in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., — ensuring that his candidacy will affect the November election. You can read the full article here. If you resonate with this message, please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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May 13, 2024

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RFK Jr. Will Be On The Ballot In These Six States

Forbes reports:   Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s campaign submitted signatures Monday to the Texas Secretary of State’s office to have his name listed as a presidential candidate on the November general election ballot—as his campaign deploys an aggressive and laborious strategy to secure his place on ballots in all 50 states. Kennedy Jr.’s campaign submitted to Texas election officials 245,572 signatures, more than twice as many as required, to secure ballot access for him and his running mate, Nicole Shanahan, his campaign said Monday. Kennedy Jr. and Shanahan will also appear on the ballot in Utah, Michigan, California, Delaware and Oklahoma, his campaign said, adding that it’s collected enough signatures to also appear on the ballots in New Hampshire, Nevada, Hawaii, North Carolina, Idaho, Nebraska, Iowa and Ohio. Without the backing of an official political party, Kennedy Jr. is required to petition for ballot access in most states, though he’s attempted a workaround in several states by soliciting nominations from lesser-known political parties, including the Natural Law Party of Michigan and the American Independent Party in California. You can read the full article here. If you resonate with this message, please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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May 13, 2024

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RFK Jr. Sues Meta Claiming Election Interference, Censorship

Newsweek reports:   Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and a PAC supporting him for president are suing Meta after the firm's giant social-media platforms, Facebook and Instagram, allegedly censored a 30-minute documentary about the independent candidate. The lawsuit, filed Monday, claims that Meta violated Kennedy's First Amendment rights and engaged in election interference, first by removing the movie entirely, then by maliciously hiding it from would-be viewers in a fashion typically referred to as "shadow-banning." "I have no doubt this case will set a precedent as Americans increasingly rely on social media to form their opinions and values," said attorney Rick Jaffe, who is representing Kennedy. The lawsuit includes several photographic examples of its assertions by using Meta's responses to users who tried to view or share the movie Who is Bobby Kennedy? You can read the full article here. If you resonate with this message, please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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May 13, 2024

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Rally In Texas

Fox 7 Austin reports:   Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was in Austin on Monday. He finished up a rally hours after announcing he has enough signatures to get on the ballot in Texas.   If you resonate with this message, please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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May 08, 2024

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State By State, RFK Jr. Pushes For Nationwide Ballot Access

CNN reports:   Before Robert F. Kennedy Jr. took the stage at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, last month, a team of his campaign staffers and volunteers organized hundreds of attendees through an assembly line of government forms, ID checks, and color-coded wristbands. The bureaucratic workforce contrasted starkly against the classic rock music blaring over the speakers, the crowded bar at the back of the venue, and the jovial spirit circulating among Midwesterners excitedly awaiting Kennedy’s remarks. But the paperwork was a fundamental ingredient of the rally’s significance. The independent candidate’s campaign planned to use the event to qualify for Iowa’s presidential ballot through a unique process that requires hundreds of registered voters in Iowa to sign up for a convention-like process to formally nominate Kennedy to appear on the state’s ballot. The Iowa event is part of the Kennedy campaign’s push for ballot access in all 50 states and Washington, DC, an undertaking that has endured hiccups and won incremental victories since the effort began last year, capitalizing on voters’ appetite for an alternative to the presumptive nominees from the major parties, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. “People on both sides are waking up and wanting an option,” Dan Twelmeyer, a Kennedy supporter from Des Moines, said. “They don’t want the lesser of two evils. They want hope; he delivers a message of hope.” After his remarks in Iowa, Kennedy doubled down on his audacious 50-state ballot access goal and said the campaign would achieve full ballot access in the next few months. Read the full article at this link.   If you resonate with this message, please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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