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Jun 27, 2024

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The About Truth About Why RFK Jr. Will Not Be Debating Tonight

Fair Observer reports: Robert Kennedy Jr. is the most successful American third-party candidate in 30 years. He’s also a member of one of the biggest families in politics with contacts in all the most important circles. So why is he being shut out of the debate stage? US President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump excluded RFK Jr. from today’s televised presidential debate. That is, I believe, the most logical explanation for why RFK Jr. won’t be appearing on stage with the major party candidates this Thursday. FK Jr. needed to surpass CNN’s arbitrary 15 percent threshold in at least four national polls. He got three. So close! Busted on a technicality. Never mind that Kennedy is polling higher than any third-party candidate since Ross Perot in the early 1990s. That Kennedy could come so close to this arbitrary goal and be excluded is clear proof of bias against him. Read the full article here.

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Jun 26, 2024

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Meet the Voters Who Might Ditch Biden and Trump for RFK Jr.

NBC News reports: It’s not just a protest vote. That’s one thing a group of Georgia voters considering third-party presidential candidates wanted to make clear during an NBC News Deciders Focus Group this week, produced in collaboration with Engagious, Syracuse University and Sago. Seven out of the 10 voters in the battleground state who participated, all of whom voted for either Donald Trump or Joe Biden in 2020, are currently planning to back independent Robert F. Kennedy Jr., while two support professor Cornel West and one backs Libertarian Chase Oliver. But as Margaret Talev, one of our partners in this project, told me: While we’ve heard from RFK Jr.-curious voters before, this group went further.  “We’ve been asking our focus group participants about RFK each month, and most until now have seen him as an alternative to Biden or Trump or know the Kennedy name, but admit they don’t know much about his record or platform. The Georgia voters seemed different,” Talev said. “They indicated they’re learning details about his positions from vaccines to foreign policy and having opportunities to listen to or see more of him.”  Watch the video here: 

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Jun 26, 2024

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RFK Jr. to Stream His Own 'Real Debate' During Trump-Biden Debate

CBS reports: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is planning to respond to the Trump-Biden debate Thursday night in real time, in what his campaign is calling "The Real Debate." CNN has excluded RFK Jr. from the debate, determining he doesn't meet criteria including a polling threshold and appearance on a sufficient number of states' ballots to win the presidency. Kennedy and his team argue that former President Donald Trump and President Biden aren't yet on any ballots, since the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention haven't yet taken place.  Kennedy's campaign filed a complaint last month with the Federal Election Commission accusing CNN, Mr. Biden, Trump and their campaigns of violating federal election law.  Read the full article here.

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Jun 26, 2024

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EDITORIAL: As President, I Will Help NM Recover From The Biden-Trump Era

Albuquerque Journal reports: Nearly every American has a family member or knows somebody who suffers from addiction, one of the most terrible afflictions of our time. On June 15 at the Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque, I joined an inspiring group of people for the world premiere of the documentary, “Recovering America.” The film is about the drug crisis in America, in particular the opioid addiction crisis, which is ravaging communities in New Mexico and across the country. Nearly 220,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in the past two years. Per capita, New Mexico is one of the states that’s been hit the hardest. Lots of politicians decry the scourge of opioid addiction, but few offer any fresh ideas on what to do about it. I didn’t know either, which is why I traveled the U.S. in search of the most promising solutions to end the drug crisis and help struggling Americans find lasting recovery. I logged thousands of miles over the last year listening to the stories of countless people, including in New Mexico. What I found, amidst the grief of relatives and the despair of addicts themselves, was hope. Read the full editorial here.

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Jun 25, 2024

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RFK Jr. Files Papers to Run as Independent Presidential Candidate in Illinois

The State-Journal Register reports: The Robert F. Kennedy Jr. campaign submitted its nomination papers — containing more than 60,000 signatures according to campaign officials — with the Illinois State Board of Elections Monday afternoon. If the election board confirms the validity of the papers, Illinois would become the ninth confirmed state that the independent has made it on the ballot. Seen as an underdog in the election now approaching four months away, RFK supporters Sean Phillips and Kirsten Bonanza of Springfield see the candidate as a needed change of pace from Biden and Trump. "Most of the way that I create my life is by asking the question, 'What will my life be like in next five years if I make this choice.'... And when I ask that about him (RFK) it's just off the hook," said Bonanza, one of approximately 30 supporters gathering outside the election board's Springfield office. "Bobby Kennedy is a statesman, when the rest are just politicians." Read the full piece here. 

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Jun 25, 2024

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RFK Jr. Promises Alternate Programming to Counter ‘CNN Fake Debate’

Washington Examiner reports: While former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden trade jabs on Thursday, independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who was not invited, will be debating them in his own way: virtually. In front of a cardboard cutout of his father, RFK Jr.’s son Bobby Kennedy III said the Kennedy campaign would hold its own debate. “Our plan is to hold our own debate. I’m not gonna say exactly how we’re gonna do it, but we’ll have the other two candidates up there as well, say what they say live, and we’re gonna give my dad a chance to respond live,” Kennedy III said. Last week, Kennedy held a TikTok Live town hall in which he answered questions from the platform’s creators and generally spoke on campaign matters. It was organized with the help of Tiffany Cianci, who has also hosted Green Party candidate Jill Stein and libertarian candidate Chase Oliver. Read the full piece here. 

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Jun 25, 2024

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OPINION: RFK Jr. Belongs On The Debate Stage

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Despite his increasing popularity, the strategy to marginalize Robert F. Kennedy Jr. prevails. His exclusion from the presidential debates confirms the ongoing contrivance to limit the impact of his candidacy. The Biden team’s ploy to marginalize Kennedy demonstrates their desperation to avoid responding to the key elements of his platform. At the core of personal attacks is the pretense that the entire Kennedy family is unified in supporting Biden’s re-election. In rehashing this falsehood, the Biden campaign is exploiting the Kennedys. The president’s handlers have organized photo-ops and events where members of the Kennedy clan have declared their preference for the incumbent. This ruse of undivided backing flies in the face of reality. There are individuals in the Kennedy lineage who support or work for President Biden. However, it is absurd to claim that there is a general endorsement from this multigenerational extended family with diverse opinions. And certainly, no member can speak for the political preferences of every Kennedy — particularly in an election year. Read the full opinion piece here.

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Jun 25, 2024

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Kennedy-Shanahan Submits 63,000 Signatures for Illinois Ballot

Fox 2 Now reports: The Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Nicole Shanahan presidential campaign submitted signatures for ballot access in Illinois, turning in more than twice the required amount. The Kennedy-Shanahan ballot access operation says it received more than 63,000 signatures on Monday, which doubles the 25,000 required to gain ballot access in Illinois. Read the full piece here. 

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Jun 23, 2024

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OPINION: RFK Jr. Offers A Vision For A Fairer America That Uplifts Marginalized Communities

Albuquerque Journal reports: On Saturday (June 15), I was fortunate to get the opportunity to attend the worldwide premiere of the documentary film “Recovering America” at the Kiva Auditorium with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in attendance, introducing the film and participating in a roundtable after the film with those the film follows, and Dr. Drew moderating the panel discussion. In the film, RFK Jr. bears witness to the addiction crisis and visits extraordinary programs, charting new courses for people struggling with addiction. RFK Jr. also shares his journey to recovery, and as it occurred to me, also his journey to New Mexico, bringing his documentary on overcoming addiction to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the throes of his presidential campaign as an independent, as an outsider, to the duopoly overpowering Washington, but not an outsider to New Mexico. It occurred to me how much Robert F. Kennedy shared with New Mexico. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is standing up for progressive values and the environment. Kennedy has spent his life fighting for clean air, water, and the natural beauty of our land. His commitment to combating climate change and protecting our resources mirrors the love New Mexicans have for their unique landscapes With Kennedy in office, our state’s environmental treasures would have a strong advocate at the national level and an undying commitment to protecting the New Mexico lands and cultures. Read the full opinion piece here.

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Jun 22, 2024

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RFK Jr. Files Paperwork To Get On The Ballot In Pennsylvania

Fox News reports:  Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has filed paperwork in Pennsylvania to appear on the ballot in this November's presidential election.  The Pennsylvania elections office confirmed Kennedy filed the materials on Thursday, well ahead of the Aug. 1 deadline. The Keystone State is a crucial battleground in the 2024 presidential election and Kennedy's entry could complicate President Biden and former President Donald Trump's campaigns. Read the full article here.

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Jun 21, 2024

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Rally Held For RFK Jr. In Downtown Miami

CBS 8 Miami reports:  RFK Jr. supporters rallied along Biscayne Boulevard Friday afternoon wanting their candidate to participate in the upcoming presidential debate.  Watch the full news coverage here:  

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Jun 21, 2024

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RFK Jr. Turns In More Than 5K Signatures In Nebraska

The Nebraska Examiner reports:  Robert F. Kennedy Jr. ought to do his own version of storming Atlanta. Third-party presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., whose bid has spurred the ire of the current president as well as the previous president, turned in enough signatures this week in Nebraska that his name will likely reach the November ballot. The Kennedy campaign announced that it had turned in more than 5,000 signatures to the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office. The state’s chief election office now must check the voter registration file to verify at least 2,500 valid ones. Lane Koch, the Kennedy campaign’s regional director in the Midwest, thanked volunteers for “a historic day.” In addition to Nebraska, the Kennedy campaign said it has turned in signatures in 14 other states, including neighboring Iowa.  Kennedy is already on the ballot in at least nine states: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. His campaign says it is still working to get him on the ballot in all 50. Read the full article here.

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