Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Surprises Everyone by Entering the Libertarian Presidential Race at Washington D.C. Convention

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Surprises Everyone by Entering the Libertarian Presidential Race at Washington D.C. Convention

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. surprised many by entering the race for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination on Sunday.

This move has the potential to impact the votes for Donald Trump and Joe Biden in the upcoming November election.

Initial Nomination and Quick Elimination

Kennedy was nominated on the convention floor but faced immediate opposition from other delegates.

Despite accepting the nomination via a video call, he was quickly eliminated after receiving support from only 19 delegates, just 2.07% of the vote.

Confusion and Acceptance

There was initial confusion about whether Kennedy would accept the nomination and if he had completed the necessary paperwork.

Libertarian Party Chair Angela McArdle confirmed that Kennedy’s paperwork was in order, allowing him to officially accept the nomination.

Convention Highlights

The Libertarian convention saw various candidates, including a surprise nomination for Donald Trump, who could not accept due to legal restrictions.

Trump clarified on Truth Social that he didn’t pursue the Libertarian nomination because he couldn’t hold nominations from two parties in most states.

Kennedy’s Impact on the Race

Kennedy’s brief candidacy highlighted his potential influence as an independent candidate.

If he had secured the Libertarian nomination, it would have eased his efforts to get on the ballot in all 50 states, posing a significant threat to both Biden and Trump’s campaigns.

Libertarian Ballot Access

The Libertarian Party has ballot access in at least 37 states, including key battlegrounds.

Kennedy, as an independent, faces the challenge of meeting each state’s requirements to appear on the ballot.

His potential to swing votes in critical states has both Biden and Trump’s teams on edge.

Polls and Public Opinion

Opinion polls indicate that Kennedy could draw votes from both major candidates.

A recent Reuters/Ipsos survey showed Kennedy with 13% support among respondents, signaling his potential impact on the election.

Acceptance Speech and Policy Stances

In his acceptance speech, Kennedy expressed gratitude for the Libertarian nomination and called for an alliance of independent and third-party voters to challenge the Republican-Democrat duopoly.

He also pledged to pardon whistleblower Edward Snowden and drop charges against Julian Assange, highlighting his appeal to civil liberties advocates.

Challenges and Libertarian Values

Kennedy’s reception at the convention was mixed, with some delegates doubting his commitment to Libertarian principles.

However, he emphasized his shared beliefs with Libertarians, such as supporting free-market approaches, opposing war, and defending constitutional rights.

Trump’s Confrontation with Delegates

Trump addressed the convention with his characteristic bluntness, challenging delegates to support his campaign.

His confrontational approach received a hostile response, reflecting the tension between his platform and Libertarian values.


The brief but dramatic entry of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. into the Libertarian presidential race underscores the fluid dynamics of the 2024 election.

With both Biden and Trump closely watching, Kennedy’s independent bid remains a wildcard in the political landscape.