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Rory Kennedy, brother of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., has openly expressed concerns regarding her brother’s decision to run for president as an independent candidate.

In a discussion with CNN’s and MSNBC, Rory Kennedy pointed out the potential consequences of her brother’s campaign, stating, “I feel strongly that this is the most important election of our lifetime. And there’s so much at stake, and I do think it’s going to come down to a handful of votes and a handful of states. She fears that her brother’s candidacy might inadvertently “siphon” votes from President Biden, affecting the election’s outcome.

This follows a broader criticism from the Kennedy family regarding Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s political ambitions. After unsuccessfully rallying support within the Democratic Party, Kennedy shifted gears last fall, launching an independent presidential bid. This move has sparked debate within the Kennedy family, leading to public expressions of disapproval. “And I do worry that Bobby just taking some percentage of votes from Biden could shift the election and lead to Trump’s election,” Rory Kennedy added.

Last year, a statement signed by four of Kennedy’s siblings publicly denounced his independent run, saying, “Bobby might share the same name as our father, but he does not share the same values, vision or judgment. Today’s announcement is deeply saddening for us. We denounce his candidacy and believe it to be perilous for our country.”

This comes as recent polling data shows that in a hypothetical three-way race with Trump and Biden, Kennedy attracts a notable portion of the electorate. In a recent General Election poll by Quinnipiac, Trump stood at 39, Biden at 38, Kennedy at 13, and Stein at 4%.


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