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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Challenges Biden To Exit Presidential Race

In a bold move amidst the 2024 presidential race, independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. held a press conference in downtown Brooklyn, urging President Joe Biden to withdraw from the presidential race to prevent a potential victory for former President Donald Trump. 

Kennedy’s plea came with the assertion that he is the only candidate capable of defeating Trump in the upcoming election.

During the 30-minute event, Kennedy introduced what he termed a “No Spoiler Pledge,” proposing that Biden should step down if polling in mid-October shows Kennedy in a stronger position against Trump. 

Kennedy expressed willingness to make a similar appeal to Trump, although he noted that Trump is a viable contender who could win the election.

The initiative aims to counteract criticism from both major political parties. 

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Recently, Trump criticized Kennedy’s candidacy as ineffectual, while Democrats have mobilized veteran strategists to neutralize third-party impacts like Kennedy’s campaign. 

In response, the Democratic National Committee dismissed Kennedy’s call for Biden’s withdrawal as non-serious.

Kennedy’s campaign manager, Amaryllis Fox Kennedy, cited a poll conducted by John Zogby Strategies that depicted Kennedy as a viable alternative to Trump in a race devoid of Biden or any other Democratic candidate. 

She argued that the only scenario in which Trump does not win involves Biden recognizing his own potential inability to secure victory.

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This stance challenges the Democratic National Committee’s prior appeals for Kennedy to exit the race, turning the tables by suggesting that it is Biden who should consider stepping aside for the greater electoral good.

Despite these claims, Kennedy’s impact in a three-way contest remains minimal, with national polls indicating only about 11% support for him, far from sufficient to secure any Electoral College votes. 

The presentation did not address Kennedy’s standing in a three-way race.

The campaign’s strategy has resonated well with Kennedy’s supporters, who view the new polling data as a powerful rebuttal to critics who label Kennedy as merely a spoiler in the race. 

Volunteers at the event echoed this sentiment, feeling empowered by the fresh data to counteract common criticisms encountered online.

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The Kennedy campaign has been actively gathering signatures to ensure his placement on the New York ballot, focusing on young voters concerned with issues like student loan debt and affordable housing, as well as older veterans. 

The campaign is striving to collect double the necessary 45,000 signatures, with significant daily contributions.

Kennedy concluded his presentation with a direct appeal to those who see him as detrimental to Biden’s chances, urging them to reconsider based on the presented data. 

As the campaign progresses, Kennedy’s ability to secure ballot access and navigate legal challenges from both major parties will critically influence his role in the November election outcome.

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