Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is considering running on a third-party ticket instead of as a Democrat in a dramatic move that could dent Joe Biden‘s chances in 2024 and help Donald Trump, according to reports.
The political dynasty’s controversial scion released a Friday video warning of a ‘sea change in American politics’ in a strong hint he will carry on the race as an independent.
The 69-year-old said he will no longer play by ‘corrupt rules’ and wants to ‘rewrite the assumptions and change the habits of American politics.’
The conspiracy theorist’s switch will spark panic among Democrats, as it is widely considered a third-party candidate will siphon votes from Biden if he is in a rematch with Trump.
Biden’s aides reportedly worry about how an alternative candidate to Biden and Trump may create an easier path for a Republican victory.
Kate deGruyter, a strategist for Third Way, told DailyMail.com that Kennedy’s decision would have the same consequences on the race.
She said Trump’s base is ‘alarmingly committed,’ while Biden ‘has more soft-partisans and independent voters in his coalition.
‘Any third-party candidacy—whether No Labels or RFK—that divides Biden’s coalition and lowers the ceiling for Trump would help re-elect Trump,’ they added.
Kennedy is set to pile on these fears with a significant announcement in Philadelphia on October 9.
His campaign team plans to run ‘attack ads’ against the Democratic National Committee, Mediaite reported.
When DailyMail.com reached out to the Kennedy campaign for comment, they sent a link to the video.
‘How are we going to win against the established Washington interests?’ the 69-year-old says in the video.
‘It’s not through playing the game by the corrupt rules that the corrupt powers and the vested interests have rigged to keep us all in their thrall.
‘Instead, we’re going to have to rewrite the assumptions and change the habits of American politics.’
He has struggled to get more than 20 percent in the polls, but winning just a few thousand votes in the general election could spell disaster for the president.
Kennedy has notoriously been skeptical of vaccines and recently sparked fury by suggesting COVID was ‘ethnically targeted’ so Chinese people and Jews have more immunity.
The controversial scion of the political dynasty released a video on Friday strongly hinting that he will make a ‘sea change in American politics’ and carry on the race as an independent
But he still has a group of faithful supporters, and Biden’s dire approval ratings have sparked calls for an open primary.
‘What I’ve come to understand after six months of campaigning: There is a path to victory,’ he adds. He then mentions that he has faith in the ‘goodness’ of the American people.
No Labels has yet to endorse a candidate, but they have a $70 million war chest to promote anyone they would put on the ticket.
Anti-racism campaigner Cornel West is running as a Green Party candidate and the group No Labels has also sparked speculation they will enter the race.
Five polls since late May show when a third party candidate is added – Trump gained ground and usually took the lead.
For example, an Emerson Poll had Trump and Biden at a dead heat of 45 percent. But when l West is added, Biden’s support drops to 42 percent while Trump is at 42 percent.
Biden, like he did in 2020, needs a greater share of independent and moderate voters to win in 2024.
There is a fear a third-party entry could have the same impact Jill Stein had on the 2016 election, where she likely took key votes from Hillary Clinton in her race against Trump.
A third-party candidate has never won the general election and rarely get more than 1 percent of the popular vote, but they have acted as spoilers.
In 1912, third-party candidate Theodore Roosevelt came second in the presidential race.
Since then a third-party candidate has only gotten more than 5 percent of the popular vote or an electoral college vote nine times.
The conspiracy theorist’s switch will spark panic among Democrats, as it is widely considered a third-party candidate will siphon votes from Biden if he is in a rematch with Trump
Because the 2024 election is predicted to be as close as in 2020, a third candidate getting a few thousand votes in one of the swing states could tip the outcome.
In 2020, seven states were decided by less than three points. Biden won six of those states.
If a candidate like Kennedy were to be successful in any of those states, they would likely take votes from Biden and give Trump an advantage.
A Center for Progress poll also found Biden leading Trump in a two-way race. But when moderate Larry Hogan was added, Biden and Trump ended up tied.
This is evidence that a candidate to the left of Trump takes votes from Biden.
Hogan, along with moderate democrat Joe Manchin, have been named as potential candidates for No Labels.
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