Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is considering the possibility of joining forces with the Libertarian Party as part of his strategy to secure a spot on the ballot in all 50 states for the upcoming November election.
In an interview with CNN’s Michael Smerconish, Kennedy acknowledged the positive relationship his campaign has with the Libertarian Party and expressed openness to exploring the option of becoming the Libertarian candidate, which would ensure widespread ballot access.
Kennedy highlighted the strong rapport his campaign has established with the Libertarian Party, mentioning plans to address the California Libertarian Party convention in the coming weeks and potentially deliver speeches in New York.
He also expressed optimism about the signature-gathering efforts for ballot access, citing a recently announced initiative to file paperwork for a new political party in states like North Carolina and Texas, which he believes provides a strategic advantage in meeting ballot access requirements.
Initially entering the 2024 presidential contest seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination, Kennedy shifted to an independent run due to concerns about the Democrats’ election process, particularly the lack of debates.
Polls have indicated that Kennedy enjoys double-digit support in matchups against President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. This comes as voter enthusiasm for a potential 2020 rematch remains subdued.
During the interview, Smerconish played audio featuring Angela McArdle, the head of the Libertarian Party, expressing positive sentiments about Kennedy on his radio show.
McArdle emphasized the positive conversations between Kennedy’s campaign and the Libertarian Party, praising Kennedy for his stance against mandates and lockdowns. She conveyed a sense of mutual respect and a commitment to maintaining friendly terms.
Smerconish encouraged Kennedy to “make some news” and suggested that McArdle seemed open to Kennedy seeking the Libertarian Party’s ballot position.
Kennedy responded by affirming ongoing discussions with the Libertarian Party, expressing comfort with their values, and emphasizing the continuation of talks with Libertarian groups. While not providing a headline-worthy announcement, Kennedy indicated his commitment to exploring possibilities with the Libertarian Party.
This interview highlighted Kennedy’s strategic considerations for securing ballot access and his potential collaboration with the Libertarian Party, showcasing the intricate dynamics of third-party involvement in the presidential race.