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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Will Not Run As A Libertarian Presidential Candidate

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will not consider a run as a Libertarian candidate to boost his chances of getting on the ballots in all 50 states.

“We’re not gonna have any problems getting on the ballot ourselves so we won’t be running Libertarian,” he told ABC News.

Kennedy delivered the announcement from West Des Moines, Iowa, where his campaign touted their effort to get on the Iowa ballot through a loophole in state law. It planned to hold a one-day convention in West Des Moines with at least 500 eligible voters; the campaign exceeded their expectations, with a member of the team saying it accrued 686 credentialed delegates from more than 35 counties in Iowa.

The results are awaiting certification by the Iowa Secretary of State’s office.

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During his interview on ABC News, Kennedy said he found a single data event “easier” than collecting the 3,500 signatures required to gain independent access via petition.

Kennedy was once open to the option of running as a Libertarian candidate, which would have ensured him complete ballot access. However, Kennedy’s newly announced vice presidential pick, Nicole Shanahan, was missing from Saturday’s event.

Regarding a recent New York Times/Siena College poll that placed him at 2%, Kennedy claimed that the Times purposely skewed their polling methodology to discredit his bid.

Ava Lombardi

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