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Kennedy Family Endorses Biden in Bid to Counter RFK Jr.

Kennedy Family Endorses Biden in Bid to Counter RFK Jr.
US President Joe Biden, right, walks on the South Lawn of the White House after arriving on Marine One in Washington, DC, US, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. The Biden administration reimposed oil sanctions on Venezuela, ending a six-month reprieve, after determining that Nicolas Maduro's regime failed to honor an agreement to allow a fairer vote in elections scheduled for July. Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg

President Joe Biden called it an “incredible honor” as he received endorsements from more than a dozen members of the Kennedy family, in a public show of force aimed at undercutting the presidential campaign of independent Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Biden, flanked by his rival’s siblings on stage at the event in Philadelphia, spoke of the family’s legacy and their impact on his own political life, calling their father — the former US senator and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy — and Martin Luther King Jr. the “only two political heroes I had growing up.”

“I remember to keep looking and remind myself what they would do in tough calls,” Biden said, referencing the busts of Kennedy and King he keeps in the Oval Office.

Kerry Kennedy, the sister of the third-party candidate, introduced Biden and was joined by fellow siblings including Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a former Maryland lieutenant governor; filmmaker Rory Kennedy; former Congressman Joe Kennedy II, Christopher Kennedy, and Maxwell Kennedy Sr.

Kerry Kennedy said there were “only two candidates with any chance of winning the presidency” and focused her attacks on Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, including for spreading conspiracy theories on climate change, vaccines and voter fraud.

“He’s the most anti-democratic president in American history,” she said.

While she did not mention her brother by name, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has promoted conspiracy theories about vaccines, antidepressants, the connection between HIV and AIDS, and whether Wi-Fi can cause cancer.

Spoiler Threat

Polls suggest Kennedy’s bid could play spoiler as Biden seeks to win a reelection rematch against Trump.A March study by Ipsos found Kennedy voters were more likely to be women, independents, or dissatisfied with both major-party candidates. Biden’s success among those groups helped propel him to victory over Trump in 2020.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. downplayed his family’s support for his 2024 rival in a post on social media.

“I hear some of my family will be endorsing President Biden today. I am pleased they are politically active — it’s a family tradition. We are divided in our opinions but united in our love for each other,” Kennedy wrote.

Democrats and Biden allies have sought to counter Kennedy through political action committees urging voters to reject third-party candidates and legal efforts aimed at keeping him off state ballots.

Kennedy’s campaign said Thursday they had gained ballot access in Michigan, a crucial battleground where polls show a tight race between the major party candidates. A March Bloomberg News/Morning Consult poll found Biden and Trump tied in the state.

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Biden, just the second Roman Catholic president after John F. Kennedy, has actively courted the family, inviting more than 30 family members to a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the White House last month.

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  • Agf Agf says:

    Biden still refuses to give RFK Jnr. Secret Service protection. This despite numerous death threats to him and his family. This is unprecedented in a presidential election year only seven months away from the election date. They are doing this to force him to provide protection using his own funds thus diverting his campaign donors funds. Despicable? Yes. But what do you expect from the Democrats.

    • EJ JOUBERT says:

      It’s not Biden’s decision.
      Kennedy is still a private citizen, and most of the states’ ballot lists are not determined yet. When he is an official & confirmed candidate, the situation gets re-evaluated, according to need – by the Secret Service, who do NOT answer to the serving, or any other former, President.

    • EJ JOUBERT says:

      This is no surprise at all, if anyone has been paying attention to the bonkers ideas promoted by RFK jr.

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