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Dec 19, 2023

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Gen Z Has Had Enough of Politics. Does RFK Jr. Have the Answer?

The Independent reports: When Robert F Kennedy, Jr. announced in April he was running against Joe Biden in the Democratic primary, Mr Culotta was drawn to the famous political scion’s promise of upending Washington DC’s tribal politics and reluctantly rejoined the party. Now an unofficial surrogate for RFK Jr’s independent campaign, the 22-year-old University of Vermont political science student told The Independent that he had always felt a “gut level pull” towards a third-party alternative. “People my age are fed up,” Mr Culotta said. “We’re completely disillusioned with the two-party system.” The 18-29-year-old demographic has historically been exercised to turn out by issues like foreign wars, climate change, threats to women’s reproductive rights, LGBT+ equality and police brutality. But after 30-year high inflation and a federal minimum wage anchored at $7.25 per hour, many among Gen Z are feeling the pinch of financial hardship. NYU student Olivia Archard, 20, told The Independent she senses a shift towards Gen Z prioritising their own personal finances out of grim necessity. Link Lauren, a 25-year-old TikTok influencer who has interviewed several 2024 candidates, agrees that the next election will be all about the economy. “The number one issue for young people is money, money, money,” he told The Independent in an interview. “We love mother nature, but we also have to eat,” he said, citing the skyrocketing cost of rent, food and other essentials as top of mind. Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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Dec 15, 2023

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RFK Jr. Chastises US Defense Contractors' Meeting with Zelenskyy

The Epoch Times reports: Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. this week reiterated his objection to U.S. involvement in the Russia–Ukraine war, criticizing American defense contractors who met with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Washington. “I was surprised that they did it so openly," Mr. Kennedy told The Epoch Times after a Dec. 13 voter rally in Kansas City. "The optics of it are very, very bad. The grift is right in our faces. No one bothers to conceal who the real stakeholders are in the Ukraine war.” During the rally, Mr. Kennedy told supporters that the conflict is “a proxy war between the U.S. and Russia” and U.S. funding of Ukraine is a “money-laundering scheme” that takes wealth out of taxpayer pockets and puts it “into the coffers” of companies like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed-Martin. Since announcing his candidacy in April to challenge President Biden, the Democrat-turned-Independent candidate has called for peace negotiations to end the war in Ukraine and has repeatedly chastised the Biden administration for continuing to fund Ukraine. He says he's sympathetic to the Ukrainian cause and that Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded the country illegally, but he has chastised the United States for its role in the conflict. Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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Dec 13, 2023

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Kansas City Voters Turn Out Wednesday Night To Hear From RFK Jr.

KSHB 41 reports: More than 400 people turned out Wednesday night at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri, to listen to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who’s making his case for a spot on the presidential ballot as an independent candidate. KSHB 41 talked with people from across the Kansas City area who were ready to hear Kennedy's take on the issues. “We need to go with our heart and who we feel is listening to the people, and listening to us and what we have to say,” Elisa Cantu said. Karen Quertermous, who attended Kennedy's rally, said she was impressed by what he told the crowd. “He stood up for what’s right and that’s so refreshing," Quertermous said. Kennedy made clear he’s working to secure 10,000 signatures in Missouri to be eligible for a spot on the ballot, and is working across the country to gather hundreds of thousands signatures to earn a spot on as many state ballots as possible. “I’m going to do an experiment of telling the truth, even when you’re running for political office,” Kennedy said from the stage at the Uptown Theater. Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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Dec 13, 2023

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Campaigns in Kansas City

Fox 4 Kansas City reports: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is making a push to be on the presidential ballot. The presidential hopeful appeared at Kansas City’s Uptown Theater Wednesday for a campaign rally. He’s the son of former New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy. At the hour long rally he campaigned for securing America’s border, tackling chronic disease and inflation that’s led to credit card debt. He also addressed changes he’s seen in America since his father and his uncle were assassinated in the 1960s. Kennedy will need roughly 1.5 million signatures nationwide to get on the ballot in all 50 states. 10,000 signatures are needed in Missouri. Even his supporters wonder how could he impact the election if successful. “That’s a very good question because he’s going to draw people from both sides,” Tom Abeln said. Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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Dec 13, 2023

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Find Out About RFK Jr. For Yourself

Featured on the Portland Press Herald: I’m independent-minded and feisty like a lot of Mainers, and I was curious: What has young people so jazzed up about Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s candidacy for president? So I read or listened to several books, including “American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family” and “The Real RFK Jr.: Trials of a Truth Warrior.” I watched or listened to dozens of interviews from independent stations and podcasts; watched the June town hall broadcast from New Hampshire; and heard other speeches. I’m a busy mom — often listening while doing the dishes — but something had me going back for more. Ultimately, I drove to Portland with my 10-year-old daughter to meet the man. What I encountered was a person from a beloved and powerful family who used their influence for the good of those who were struggling. This theme, along with honesty based on deep inquiry, integrity and never giving up on something worthwhile, runs deep in RFK Jr. He’s spent 40 years as an environmental lawyer successfully litigating against powerful companies, some of whom knowingly polluted the environment and ruined the livelihoods of average Americans. I have sometimes felt powerless in important situations, and I appreciate that someone would spend their life giving voice to the voiceless. The Kennedy value system for raising children is a hoot. Here’s a sample: Read about the saints daily to inspire selflessness; share Greek myths to inspire heroism; tell of the American Revolution so children will know to defend rights gained through so much bloodshed; push them physically so they can withstand the many difficulties in life; encourage heated nightly debate on important issues so they learn to disagree and still love and respect the validity of the other person; take them to wild places to experience a sense of spirituality. I see these effects in the RFK Jr. I’m beginning to know and admire. Read the full opinion here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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Dec 12, 2023

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RFK Jr. Brings Campaign to Nebraska

Omaha World-Herald reports: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. brought his independent presidential campaign to Lincoln Tuesday with a call for people to join him in taking back the country. Kennedy spoke to more than 600 people who turned out for a rally at the Royal Grove bar, where they got to take selfies, buy merchandise and sign petitions to get him on the Nebraska ballot. Michael Marquis of Lincoln said he had seen some of Kennedy’s podcasts and likes the idea of having a third option for president. He said he especially liked Kennedy’s views about increasing equity for the younger generation and about addressing the housing crisis. “Normally, independent candidates pay companies millions of dollars to gather signatures,” Kennedy said. “We’re taking a different route that starts with our thousands of volunteers in every state.” On Tuesday, he talked about the control that a few large corporations exert over the nation’s economy and the government agencies that are supposed to be keeping Americans safe. He also talked about the prevalence of chronic diseases among young people, which he said exploded after 1989. Kennedy talked as well about the strategy of those in power to stay in power by “sowing division and vitriol and anger among us.” “What I promise to do is to dim that anger and find the issues, the values we have in common,” he said, asserting that the things that unite the country are much broader than the sliver of culture war issues that divide people. Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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Dec 12, 2023

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Hundreds Gather To Hear Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Campaign in Lincoln

Channel 8 KLKN-TV reports: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. visited Lincoln Tuesday night at The Royal Grove on his presidential campaign. A crowd of hundreds gathered to hear him speak. To get on Nebraska’s general election ballot, he must get 2,500 signatures from registered voters. Some believe he could pose a threat to President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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Dec 11, 2023

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Fears Surge Over Democrat Plot To Keep RFK Jr off Ballots As Biden Support Plummets

The Daily Express US reports: A leading political expert in the US has warned that there will be an attempt by the Democrats to stop Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. from being on the ballots in their stronghold states because they fear he will split their vote. With RFK set to run as an independent candidate in the Presidential election next year, polling by Washington DC-based think tank Democracy Institute has revealed he is gaining in support and taking votes away from the Democrats. Patrick Basham, director of the Democracy Institute, believes a plan is already in place to try to stop Kennedy, who is the latest candidate from America's most famous political family, from being on the ballot in states where Democrats are Governors. Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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Dec 10, 2023

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Super PAC Commits $15M to Get RFK Jr. on 2024 Ballot

NewsNation reports: American Values 2024, a super PAC supporting third-party presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., said Tuesday it plans to spend up to $15 million getting him on the ballot in 10 states important to winning the 2024 race. While Kennedy is believed to have cross-party appeal, has raised millions of dollars and is polling at levels not seen by a third-party candidate since the early 1990s, none of it matters if he can’t get on state ballots, a cumbersome process deliberately made difficult by the Republican and Democratic parties over the years. “The ballot access restrictions in this country are specifically designed by the two-party system leaders to keep out independent candidates,” said RFK Jr. campaign director Amaryllis Kennedy. “These are the leaders who have utterly failed the American people for the last quarter-century and they want to be able to tell you cycle after cycle, ‘You’ve just got a pick from the lesser of two evils.’ We just learned that we won our constitutional challenge against the state of Utah to delay the submission date for our signatures.” Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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Dec 10, 2023

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The Fight To Get RFK Jr.’s Name on State Ballots

Axios reports: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is showing potential for the most formidable independent presidential bid in a generation, but now the hard part begins. What's happening: Kennedy has yet to get his name on the ballot in any general election state. The super PAC backing Kennedy's bid announced this week that it plans to spend up to $15 million on the effort. Their target states for the eight-figure effort are Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, New York and Texas. "We have chosen to pursue these critical states, some of them battlegrounds, due to the complexity of the state election codes and the volume of signatures necessary to achieve ballot access," said Deirdre Golffard, the special counsel of ballot access for the American Values 2024 super PAC. State of play: Kennedy's team has volunteers in place across the country to help gather signatures for the ballot. "We'll be doing rallies in pretty much every state," Spear said. "Of course [the rallies are] to encourage signature gathering, but they're also for Mr. Kennedy to meet with the voters, hear their concerns and for him to share his policies." Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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Dec 07, 2023

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Utah Officials Temporarily Delay Ballot Access Filing Deadline After RFK Jr. Lawsuit

CNN reports: Utah election officials have agreed to temporarily delay the enforcement of its January 8 ballot access filing deadline for independent candidates after Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s presidential campaign sued the officials to permanently move the deadline to August. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said in a court filing on Wednesday that Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and state Director of Elections Ryan Cowley have agreed to not enforce the deadline to apply for ballot access for independent candidates until March 5, allowing Kennedy’s campaign an additional two months to gather signatures. For Kennedy – who ended his Democratic primary challenge to President Joe Biden in October in favor of an independent presidential bid – Utah provides the first test of his campaign’s ability to meet the logistical and financial hurdles of its stated goal of appearing on the ballot in all 50 states. Utah’s deadline is the earliest in the country for unaffiliated candidates, and missing the deadline could take Kennedy out of the running for Utah’s six electoral votes. “I am pleased Lt. Governor Henderson had the courage to correct the wrong committed by the state legislature in their intentional assault on the constitutional right of Utah voters to cast their vote for Mr. Kennedy in 2024,” Rossi said in a statement released by the campaign. Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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Dec 07, 2023

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RFK Jr. On Fourth GOP Debates: "Vitriol" Common Theme in All

NewsNation reports: Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is busy running his own campaign, but he’s kept an eye on the four Republican primary debates. He says it appears the candidates are being told vitriol is a winning strategy. “We didn’t hear any solutions except for blowing up people and you know, having more wars and having ‘us against them,'” Kennedy said Thursday on “CUOMO.” Sparks flew at the fourth GOP debate hosted by NewsNation on Wednesday night, which saw former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie call Vivek Ramaswamy an “obnoxious blowhard.” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley were also on the stage and engaged in several testy exchanges, each attacking the other’s record as leaders of their respective state. As for substantive discussion, Kennedy says he saw little of it. “An entire generation of kids has lost faith in our country and lost hope for their own futures, the only generation in American history that believes that they’re going to do worse than their parents,” Kennedy said, “and I’d like to see debates with Republicans and Democrats that address that issue.” Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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