(The author is a Latino consultant for American Values 2024)
New York: Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., supported by the American Values 2024 Super PAC, has intensified his efforts with a tour of different states nationwide, seeking to increase voter support to gather the required signatures to appear on the electoral ballot in all 50 states. This week, he was at the Uptown Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri, for a massive campaign rally. Bobby Kennedy was the son of former New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy.
RFK Jr., who has never held public office, declared his independent presidential candidacy on October 9th in Philadelphia, PA, and has grown exponentially in all polls. Despite his two main competitors, Donald Trump and Joe Biden, having already been elected by the American people, he leads them in favorability, according to the Quinnipiac University poll.
According to the average from “projects.fivethirtyeight.com” from October 27th to November 2nd, “SSRS CNN” gave him a 31% favorability rating compared to 28% unfavorable. In November, “SSRS CNN” gave him a 31% favorability rating against 31% negative. Marquette University Law School gave him 38% in favor compared to 38% unfavorable.
During the one-hour rally, he campaigned to secure the U.S. border, address chronic diseases, and tackle inflation that has led to credit card debts. He also addressed the changes he has seen in the United States since his father and uncle were assassinated in the 1960s.
“When I was a child, when my uncle was president, we had the wealth of the face of the Earth in this country. We are transitioning from a society of owners to a society of tenants, and when we do that, we will go from being citizens to subjects,” Kennedy told the crowd in Kansas City. According to the rules, Kennedy must obtain at least 15% in the polls to participate in debates with Republican and Democratic candidates, a goal he has already achieved.
However, the Robert F. Kennedy Jr. campaign faced the enormous challenge of collecting 1.5 million signatures in all 50 states to appear on the ballots. In Missouri, 10,000 signatures are required. For this purpose, the American Values Super PAC invested $15 million in states such as Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, New York, and Texas, all crucial states, to hire specialized firms to collect signatures.
Robert F. Kennedy himself has referred to the conspiracy of both parties in designing a manipulated scheme to close the doors to independent candidates: “While most democracies have multi-party systems, Democrats and Republicans have created a complicated ballot access process in recent decades to stop independents and third parties,” Bobby Kennedy wrote recently.
“Each state has different amounts of required signatures, petition windows, circulator requirements, petition forms with variable fields, and other rules. This collection of ballot access requirements solidifies the power of the two major parties, who would rather have my independent campaign spend millions of dollars to get on the ballot than face us in a fair competition of ideas,” wrote RFK Jr.