Oct 12, 2023
Freshly Minted Independent Presidential Candidate RFK, Jr. Hits Campaign Trail
The Tennessee Star reports:
Fresh from declaring his independence from the Democratic Party, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is hitting the campaign trail as an independent candidate for president.
But don’t look for the Kennedy family scion to be laser-focused on the usual early nominating states. As the Notre Dame of presidential candidates, RFK, Jr. no longer needs to play from the same political party campaign playbook.
Still, his campaign manager said the Democrat-turned-independent believes Iowa and New Hampshire remain critical to the hopeful’s road to the White House.
The environmental lawyer and son of slain U.S. Senator Bobby Kennedy announced on Monday in Philadelphia that he was leaving the party his father and uncle, President John F. Kennedy, helped lead through the turbulent 1960s.
His campaign announced a busy schedule ahead for the candidate, with stops in Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Arizona.
Over the next week, Kennedy Jr. plans to climb the stump in Dallas, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Savannah and Augusta in Georgia, and Charlotte and Asheville in North Carolina. The barrage of stops is billed as a “Declare Your Independence Celebration,” fitting, his supporters might say, for a vehement COVID-19 vaccine opponent who has earned the ire of establishment Democrats and Republicans.
“The system runs on inertia, year after year, decade after decade. It’s like a runaway bus full of teenagers fighting about who should take the wheel, not realizing that the driver merely follows the GPS set by the crooked insiders and corporate lobbyists,” Kennedy Jr. said this week.
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