Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is running as a third-party candidate for President of the United States, and he’s got some athletic supporters out there
A handful of former professional athletes are throwing their support behind independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as he attempts to break through the two-party system in the 2024 election. RFK Jr. is gearing up to be the third horse in a race that will likely see President Joe Biden representing the Democrats and former President Donald J. Trump as the Republican nominee.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is of course the son of slain former Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who was gunned down by Sirhan Sirhan in 1968. He is also of the famed family known for being a dynasty in the Democratic Party.
When he initially decided on his 2024 bid, he sought the liberal party’s nomination, before backing away and running as an independent due to his strong views on vaccines and America’s involvement abroad.
At the time of his announcement, Kennedy said there was corruption “in the leadership of both political parties” and that he planned to “rewrite the assumptions and change the habits of American politics.”
Now, the controversial political figure is getting the backing of several current and former professional athletes. He’s already received at least some backing from Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers – who himself is a staunch anti-vaxxer. Now, Kennedy is has gotten the endorsement of three more former pro stars.
NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton, Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame member Ken Ruettegers, and three-time North American Enduro mountain biking champion Kyle Warner are all endorsing Kennedy for president.
“There’s a need for very smart people in these positions that have integrity that [is] off the charts, that have the stamina and strength to be able to speak and be a leader 24/7, not just on occasion or on blips,” John Stockton said. “And, maybe more than anything, a person that can un-divide this country,” the NBA legend continued. “I don’t think we’ve ever been this divided.”
“You look around, and you see all the different things that are pulling us apart,” he said. “Finally, we have, I think, the right man there available again. What an opportunity to bring us back together.”
Recently, a Quinnipiac Poll showed Robert F. Kennedy polling very competitively against both Biden and Trump. A November 1 poll showed the third-party challenger at 22% against his two rivals.
The US Presidential election takes place on Tuesday, November 5, 2024.
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