Robert Kennedy Jr., a Democrat running for president, said that he would not, under any circumstances, run with former President Donald Trump in the general election of 2024. This put an end to any conjecture over the topic.
Kennedy, who declared his candidacy for president last month, sent a statement on social media saying, “Just to put an end to any rumors, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES would I accompany Donald Trump on a presidential electoral ticket.”
He said, “Our approach to governance, our philosophies on leadership, and our positions on certain basic topics couldn’t be further apart.”
One day before to Kennedy’s statement, a Rasmussen Reports poll revealed that the majority of independent voters, as well as both Democrats and Republicans, had a favorable opinion of the candidate.
While Democrats in particular continue to favor Biden over Kennedy and Marianne Williamson, likely voters as a whole were divided about the merits of a Biden-Harris ticket over a Trump-Kennedy one.
The poll found:
“In a contest between President Biden and VP Kamala Harris, 44% of probable Voters would support Trump-Kennedy, while 44% would support Biden-Harris. Seven percent (7%) of Likely Voters would support a different candidate, and 5% are unsure. In such a contest, Trump-Kennedy would have the support of 41% of unaffiliated voters, 72% of Republicans, and 20% of Democrats. Democrats would support Biden-Harris with 72% of the vote, Republicans 14%, and unaffiliated people 44%.”
The poll is released as Kennedy seems to push what some have called a populist agenda, rejecting some of the claims made by his party’s most extreme members.
For instance, Kennedy said last week that one could be “pro-immigration AND pro-securing the border” – a statement made while the United States has seen almost five million border crossers and illegal immigrants enter the country since Biden took office.
“America should be a land of freedom and wealth that welcomes immigrants who uphold the law and will enrich our community. However, immigration must take place in a legal and orderly way. There is now anarchy at the border. Criminal activity, unacceptable stress on border states such as Texas, and human trafficking. It is a nightmare for humanity,” Kennedy stated on social media.
Kennedy has also publicly discussed American censorship, calling it a “direct assault against our democracy.”