Monday, April 29, 2024

RFK Jr. Officially On The Ballot In The Golden State

Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has officially made the ballot in the state with the most Electoral College votes, California, his campaign announced on Monday.

The American Independent Party of California nominated Kennedy and his Vice Presidential nominee, Nicole Shanahan, officially, over the weekend. The party filed the paperwork with the California Secretary of State on Monday.

Kennedy released a video accompanying the California news, and in it, he describes how the American Independent Party of California, in 1968, supported the Presidential campaign of Alabama Governor George Wallace, who was, as Kennedy put it, "a bigoted, segregationist supporter who was antithetical to everything my father believed in."

On how the campaign he's running appealed to the party now, Kennedy said in detail, "Every nation, like every individual, has a dark side and a lighter side, and that the easiest thing for a politician to do is to appeal to our bigotry and our hatred and anger, and xenophobia, and our fear, and all of these darker, low vibration impulses.

"The more difficult thing is what my Dad tried to do, and what I'm trying to do, during this election, which is to get people to step away from their narrow self-interest, and send the lower impulses of bigotry, anger, and fear, and see themselves as part of a great adventure, see themselves as heroes willing to take a risk and look at all the people in their community and understand that we have to avoid the seduction of the idea that we can only advance ourselves by leaving our poor brothers and sisters behind.

"We have to go forward as a community, as a nation, as a family. Well, it turns out that when you speak from your heart the way that I did, the ripples extend outward and reach corners you never expected. In this case, the ripples reached the American Independence Party of California, and inspired in their new leadership the idea that they might want to participate in my campaign.

"Ironically, the American Independence Party was George Wallace's old party, but it's had its own rebirth, even before I came along. It's been reborn as a party that represents not bigotry and hatred, but, rather, compassion and unity and idealism and common sense. When they learned about my candidacy, they had just drafted a new charter for their reborn party, where they could use their ballot line for good, for helping independent candidates to unite America without being blocked by the two-party duopoly.

"After hearing my interview, they began researching me and our effort, and they found out that we already had thousands of volunteers working across the country in various states, including California, to get me on the ballot. They were so impressed by this outpouring of Democratic energy and vigor that they approached my campaign and offered us their spot on the California ballot. I see this story as a symbol of America's homecoming, to an authentic populism of unity, peace, and prosperity."

To view Mr. Kennedy's full statement, please click here to view it. 

This makes it now ten states that the Kennedy-Shanahan ticket is either officially on the ballot or, via signatures collected, in line to make it.

In addition to California, the two states that the ticket is officially on the ballot are Utah and Michigan. The seven in which the campaign has collected enough signatures are New Hampshire, Nevada, Hawaii, North Carolina, Idaho, Nebraska, and Iowa.

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