Does Robert Kennedy Jr. Have A Chance? – Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (RFK Jr.) announced his run for President in April of this year.
Kennedy rose to prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for his skepticism and criticism of the pharmaceutical industry and COVID vaccines.
As his run progresses, Kennedy’s positions are now becoming clearer on a range of issues.
Here’s a look at what Kennedy stands for and an analysis of whether or not he can defeat Joe Biden.
What Does RFK Jr. Stand For?
RFK Jr. is the son of former Attorney General and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in the summer of 1968.
The newly-announced candidate was born in 1954 in Washington DC, and attended the London School of Economics and Harvard, going on to become a lawyer.
He is currently on his third marriage and has six children.
He is an environmental activist and health advocate who was banned from Instagram and Facebook last summer for posting what Meta alleged to be “misinformation” about the dangers of the COVID vaccines.
“There is overwhelming evidence that the CIA was involved in his murder,” Kennedy said last month during an interview, adding that, “I think it’s beyond a reasonable doubt at this point.”
Kennedy’s additional positions span the board, including being pro-choice on abortion, being in favor of climate change regulations and adopting a more hands-off US foreign policy.
Can RFK Jr. Actually Beat Biden?
RFK Jr. may still a longshot candidate, but he’s currently polling at 20% nationally and rising quickly. Joe Biden, meanwhile, is polling around 60% and almost half of his voters say they may turn to other options.
Combining Biden’s “maybe” voters with RFK Jr.’s supporters, it gives RFK Jr. a possible 64% in the polls and makes him a serious contender for the Democratic crown.
So early in the process anything is still possible, and while the bulk of funding and Democratic campaign machinery remains backing Biden, there is no doubt that RFK Jr. is gaining ground and that it will not be easy to stop him.
“Democrats would be foolish to mock or belittle RFK Jr. Every time we make fun of those who hold fringe positions, we lose,” observed former Bernie Sanders campaign aide and Democratic strategist Michael Ceraso.
Stranger things have happened.
Paul Brian is an author and freelance journalist who has reported for Reuters, BBC and Foreign Policy, and contributed to the Spectator, the Federalist and the American Conservative. He has covered global events from Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East to South America.