RFK Jr. will announce a candidate for independent presidential candidate

RFK Jr.  will announce a candidate for independent presidential candidate
RFK Jr.  will announce a candidate for independent presidential candidate

Oakland, California — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is set to announce his running mate Tuesday in Oakland, Calif., as his campaign faces questions about access to the newsletter in several states that require a named vice presidential candidate during the petition process.

Several names have already been floated, incl NFL player Aaron Rodgers, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and wealthy Democratic donor Nicole Shanahan. The Kennedy campaign has so far kept the name under wraps and denied it wanted to turn the process into a «guessing game.»

«We know it sucks to wait until the 26th,» wrote senior Kennedy campaign adviser Link Lauren of X earlier this month “We’ve all discussed, including Bobby, how our campaign is being run on a foundation of transparency and honesty and media hysteria is not fun for our loyal supporters. We had to lean on the media’s Veepstakes, because what else is there to do?»

Here are some of the names Kennedy is considering:

Nicole Shanahan

Shanahan, a wealthy California lawyer and entrepreneur also known for her high-profile divorce from Google co-founder Sergey Brin, is seen as a leading contender, especially since the campaign will require significant funding in the coming months.

The 38-year-old contributed $4 million to a pro-Kennedy super PAC, American Values ​​2024, and helped coordinate the production of a Super Bowl ad highlighting the Kennedy campaign.

Shanahan told The New York Times that she paid for the ad to be produced and aired because she believed Kennedy would provide more exposure to vaccine screening and «seemed like a great opportunity to highlight that he’s running for president,» though she added that she is «not anti-vaxxer.»

Shanahan’s considerable financial resources would undoubtedly be helpful to Kennedy, who faces the enormous and expensive challenge of getting access to a ballot that is likely to cost millions and require hundreds of thousands of signatures.

Aaron Rodgers

The 40-year-old Green Bay Packers quarterback, now with the New York Jets, shares Kennedy’s skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines.

In 2021 Rogers confirmed his own unvaccinated status just days after testing positive for COVID-19, forcing him to sit out Sunday’s football game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

«I’m a big believer in bodily autonomy and the ability to make choices about your body, not to conform to some woke culture where a crazy bunch of people say you have to do something.» Health is not one-size-fits-all,» Rogers said in an interview on «The Pat McAfee Show.»

Kennedy first told the New York Times that NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the top candidate on his list, and campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Spear confirmed that he was on the short list.

Jesse Ventura

Kennedy also told the Times that he had talked to former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura about becoming his teammate.

Ventura, 72, a one-term governor who is running on the Reform Party ticket, said he would consider the post even though he disagrees with Kennedy’s opposition to vaccines.

Tyrell Ventura, Mr. Ventura’s son, told the Times: «No one has formally asked Governor Ventura to be a vice presidential candidate, so the governor is not commenting on the speculation.»

Tulsi Gabbard

Former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, 42, did not deny that Kennedy approached her, but when asked about it on Jackman Radio Show last week said only: “I’ll let Bobby Kennedy speak for himself. He’s a good friend and I really love and respect him, his heart and why he does what he does.»

At CPAC in February, however, Gabbard praised former President Donald Trump in her address.

Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe, the 62-year-old former host of the TV series «Dirty Work,» told CNN that he received a call from Kennedy to be his vice president.

The 62-year-old said they discussed vocational training and his foundation, mikeroweWORKS. Kennedy asked if he would consider running for public office, which surprised Roe.

“Yes, he called. I actually ran into him about six months ago in Dallas, completely by accident, and we exchanged information and he got in touch about a month ago,” Rowe said. «At one point he asked me if I’d ever consider running for public office, and I spat my coffee back into the cup and said, ‘Seriously?’

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