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 July 23, 2023

Trump declines to rule out choosing Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as his running mate

Former President Donald Trump has not ruled out the possibility of having Democrat Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as his 2024 running mate. 

Trump discussed the possibility of having Kennedy as a running mate during a recent interview that he did with Newmax's Rob Schmitt.

Schmitt began by asking Trump what impact he believes that Kennedy - as a third-party candidate - could have on the 2024 presidential election.

"I don’t know, but he’s got great support in the party," Trump replied. "He’s got great support in the Democrat Party."

Here, Trump referenced some polling that shows Kennedy with 23% support from Democrats, which Trump called, "a lot of [the] vote."

Here, Schmitt transitioned into asking Trump about a Trump-Kennedy 2024 ticket.

Schmitt said, "A lot of people like you and him as a combination, too. I don’t think that can happen, but have you ever thought about that? Trump/Kennedy looks good on a bumper sticker."

Trump said that he has not thought about a Trump/Kennedy ticket. But, the former president said that he is aware that people have been suggesting it.

"There are a lot of people suggesting it, there’s no question about that," Trump said, adding, "I’ve known him over the years. He’s a smart guy and well-intentioned. I really believe he’s very well-intentioned."

Trump, clearly, did not indicate that he is considering Kennedy as a running mate. But, at the same time, Trump did not come out and say that Kennedy will not be his running mate.

Who exactly will be Trump's running mate is becoming the big question because Trump is dominating the 2024 Republican presidential primary field. Real Clear Politics currently has Trump leading the field, on average, by 31.7 percentage points - and this lead has only been increasing in recent weeks.

A lot of possibilities have been suggested. Kari Lake is considered to be one of the frontrunners. Trump, thus far, has yet to give any indication as to whom he may choose should he win the party's nomination, as expected.

Meanwhile, Kennedy is making a strong push of his own. To be clear, he significantly trails President Joe Biden in the polls - Real Clear Politics has Biden beating Kennedy by, on average, 51.7% points. But, there are doubts about Biden's campaign, and Kennedy has emerged as the strongest 2024 Democratic presidential candidate other than Biden.

With all of this being said, it does seem unlikely that Trump would choose Kennedy as a running mate considering the talent that Republicans have on their side. But, what Trump's praise of Kennedy shows is that he is not your typical Democrat. Kennedy holds at least some positions that Republicans would agree with.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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