Robbert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, announced his candidacy for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination at the Park Plaza Hotel in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. Kennedy’s main campaign platform is to end the “corrupt merger of state and corporate power”. Kennedy wants to prevent the imposition of a new form of corporate feudalism on the country.
Kennedy became the second Democratic candidate to announce his bid for the presidency. Author and self-help guru Marianne Williamson declared her candidacy last month. Both of them intend to succeed President Joe Biden, who said he is seeking another term but has not yet made his candidacy official.
According to Kennedy, the United States is currently experiencing the most toxic polarization since the Civil War. He intends to address this polarization and unify the country by focusing on common values.
Robert Kennedy Jr on Covid measures under Trump:
"He had the right instincts, he knew that he shouldn't have closed down the country. But he did it. He got rolled by his bureaucracy."pic.twitter.com/YjaYSMYSJ5
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) April 19, 2023
Kennedy, an environmental lawyer and bestselling author, founded the nonprofit organization Children’s Health Defense, which aims to create a “world free of childhood chronic health conditions caused by environmental exposures.” His views against vaccines have brought him much attention in recent years.
Following his announcement, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll showed that only 14% of Biden voters in the 2020 election would vote for Kennedy in 2024. Around two-thirds of respondents stated that they would continue to support Biden, 5% said they would vote for Williamson, and 13% remained undecided.
On the Republican side, former President Donald Trump is seeking another term. The race for the GOP presidential nomination also includes former South Carolina Governor and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. Other potential candidates include former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.