RFK Jr. Responds to His Family Endorsing Biden

'I love my family, either way,' presidential candidate says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 22, 2024 12:30 AM CDT
RFK Jr. Responds to His Family Endorsing Biden
Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks to supporters during a campaign event, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Royal Oak, Mich.   (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Sunday acknowledged endorsements from more than a dozen of his relatives who are backing Democratic President Biden, noting that he feels no ill will over the family political divide, the AP reports. "Some of them don't like the fact that I'm running," Kennedy said of his relatives, after a comedy showcase in suburban Detroit to benefit his campaign. Kennedy—who last year launched an independent presidential bid after first challenging Biden for the Democratic nomination—was reacting to the endorsements from his sister and other relatives last week, a move by the Biden campaign that signals how seriously the president's team is taking a long-shot candidate using his last name's lingering Democratic magic to siphon support from the incumbent.

Going on to describe family debates he said his father orchestrated among his children, Kennedy said Sunday night that the exercise showed him a respectful way to take opposing positions with people he cares about without taking it personally. "I debated them with information and passion and not to hate each other because we disagreed with each other," he said. "I love my family, either way." Kennedy—who mentioned Biden's bust of RFK in the Oval Office, as well as his relatives currently working both in the Biden's administration and on his own presidential campaign—made his remarks in Michigan, where last week, the campaign secured access to the general election ballot.

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