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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Breaks from Democratic Party, Announces Independent Bid for Presidency

HeadlineOct 10, 2023

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said Monday he will no longer seek the Democratic Party’s nomination and will run an independent campaign for the presidency in 2024. RFK Jr. has drawn condemnation for spreading unfounded conspiracy theories about vaccines, and over racist and antisemitic remarks about COVID-19. On Monday, four of RFK Jr.'s siblings — Rory, Kerry, Joseph and Kathleen — wrote in a statement, “Bobby might share the same name as our father, but he does not share the same values, vision or judgment. Today's announcement is deeply saddening for us. We denounce his candidacy and believe it to be perilous for our country.” CBS News reports RFK Jr. was convinced to run by Trump’s former campaign manager Steve Bannon, who believed he would be a useful chaos agent in the 2024 race.

In other campaign news, another presidential candidate, civil rights activist and professor Cornel West, says he is no longer running to be the Green Party’s presidential nominee and will instead run as an independent.

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