Kennedy announces presidential run, joining Marianne Williamson
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, making him the second Democrat to seek the nomination after spiritual advisor and author Marianne Williamson. Kennedy, who is the offspring of the late former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and the nephew of the former President John F. Kennedy, is a lifelong Democrat and former environmental lawyer. Despite receiving criticism for his activism against the COVID-19 vaccine, the ongoing development of the vaccine situation and reports on mRNA side effects could potentially make Kennedy’s views on COVID-19 vaccines more accepted in the 2024 race.
Kennedy takes aim at Biden administration and DNC
During a visit to New Hampshire, Kennedy sparked speculation about a potential presidential run and took aim at the Biden administration and Democratic National Committee over the decision to move the New Hampshire presidential primary out of its position as the first in the nation primary. Kennedy wrote an open letter to the committee, urging members to keep New Hampshire in the first spot because of the state’s long history of advocating for civil rights and election transparency. The DNC changed the nominating calendar in an effort to reflect more diversity in the Democratic Party, but Kennedy argued that New Hampshire already showcases the diversity in America.
In his announcement, Kennedy highlighted his commitment to fighting climate change and environmental degradation. He also emphasized his support for progressive causes like universal healthcare, affordable housing, and voting rights. Kennedy is known for his opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine, and his campaign is likely to focus on issues related to healthcare and public health.
Biden’s potential reelection bid
Biden has not yet announced whether he will seek reelection in 2024, but the White House has repeatedly indicated that he intends to run for a second term. If Biden does run, he is likely to face a crowded field of Democratic challengers, including Kennedy and Williamson. The race for the Democratic nomination is expected to be fiercely contested, with candidates vying to position themselves as the best option to defeat potential Republican nominees in the general election.