RFK Jr denounces Dem ‘spoiler’ label: ‘I’m trying to hurt both’ candidates

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. wants to be seen as a serious contender for the presidency and dismissed criticism that he was a “spoiler” in the race between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

The Independent presidential candidate spoke with Fox News host Neil Cavuto about his current standing in the race for the White House and addressed critics who say he has abandoned the Democrat Party which has long been associated with his family name.

When asked about the view that his campaign would take votes away from Biden, thus securing a victory for Trump, Kennedy pushed back.

“I mean, my intention is to hurt both of them and… right now I’m beating both candidates and independent voters, and independents are the biggest party. This is the first election in history where independents are the biggest voting bloc,” Kennedy said on “Your World” Tuesday.

“I think we have a very good chance of winning in November,” he said, pointing to polls showing him beating both Biden and Trump in some demographics.

He spoke of his video response to Biden’s State of the Union address, saying Americans are tired of voting “against” someone and want to have a better choice than voting for the lesser of two evils.

“We published a simultaneous address. My own vision of what the State of the Union is. We’re talking about the issues that the major political candidates are not talking about,” he explained.

“What do you think your dad would say of you and your uncle Jack would say of you running away from the party that for which they were iconic symbols?” Cavuto asked, referring to RFK Jr.’s father, the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, and his uncle, President John F. Kennedy – both assassinated.

“They understood the dangers that George Washington warned about-  partisan politics, that partisan self-interest would subsume and replace and displace patriotism and patriotic impulses,” he told Cavuto who then asked if his father would be upset about him leaving the Democrat Party.

“I don’t think my father would care about that — party loyalty was irrelevant to him,” Kennedy said.

“If you went down the issues that my father believed and he felt strongly about, I would check every one of those boxes. The same with President Kennedy. Show me an issue that they felt strongly about that I don’t agree with them on. So I feel like I am representing the values of the Democratic Party,” he said.

“Maybe,” he noted, “the party has slipped away from its traditional values.”

Frieda Powers

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