RFK Jr. taps Nicole Shanahan as his running mate


A major third-party candidate for President of the United States has announced his vice presidential pick as he seeks to gain ballot access in all 50 states ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is running a three-party presidential campaign in the 2024 presidential election, announced his vice presidential pick at campaign event tuesday Kennedy spoke to a crowd of supporters in Oakland, California before introducing Nicole Shanahan as his running mate.

“Nicole's personal story began in Oakland,” he explained. “She was the daughter of poor immigrants. She grew up on food stamps and welfare in this city plagued by many, many other unique challenges, all of which she overcame. Her very, very American journey led her to a career as a patent attorney and as a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur and as a Stanford University fellow. Like many of us, Nicole assumed that our government worked for our people.”

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Kennedy listed other assumptions made by Shanahan such as “our defense and intelligence agencies wanted peace, that public health agencies wanted us to be healthy, that the USDA supported healthy food and family farms, that the EPA advocated for clean air and clean water, that the Fed wanted a prosperous America, that the Democratic Party was on the side of the middle class, the working poor, and the small businesses of Main Street, that scientists were incorruptible and that science was … an exalted search for the truth.”

The candidate assured the audience that Shanahan had now concluded “that the defense agencies work for the military-industrial complex, that health agencies work for Big Pharma, that the USDA works for big ag and the processed food cartels, that the EPA is in cahoots. with the polluters, that the scientists can be mercenaries, that government officials sometimes act as censors and that the Fed works for Wall Street and allows billionaire bankers to capture Main Street and the American worker.”

“That's why we and we both left the Democratic Party,” he noted to thunderous applause.

Shanahan, 38, appeared in a video played at the event, discussing how “what young people are facing today is completely unprecedented and it will take a new generation of leadership who deeply understand those threats because they themselves are technologists to address the issues at hand.”

“It will need leadership that has spent its life in technology. It will take leadership that understands what questions to ask, how to ask them, and what it looks like to execute a plan. This is not the America of the 1950s. This is the America of 2024 and in this America, it's going to take communities coming to the White House that have never actually been in the White House.”

Shanahan added, “These will be tech communities; these will be Gen Z communities, these will be millennial communities who truly believe that working together will lead us to a healthier America with solutions that actually work.”

She acknowledged that while she was “half Chinese, half Caucasian,” “to the people around me, I was Nicole.”

Shanahan appeared before the crowd to elaborate on her history of political activism, which began when she became an anti-war activist in high school. She identified her purpose in life as “serving peace and helping those in poverty.”

“You can understand why I gravitated to the Democratic Party because that was supposed to be the party of peace, the party of compassion. A lot of Democrats, we still believe in those ideals but unfortunately, as an institution, it's lost its way.”

Shanahan informed the audience that she was “leaving the Democratic Party” expressing confidence that she was “taking the best ideals and impulses with her.” Maintaining that “the Democratic Party is supposed to be the party of compassion” as well as “diplomacy and science” in addition to “civil liberties and free speech” and “the party of the middle class and the American dream,” she reiterated that. “they have lost their way in their leadership.”

Shanahan also invited “disillusioned Republicans” to join her “in this movement to unite and heal America.” She praised the Kennedy campaign's “vision of national healing” and “an America that leads the world no longer by force of arms but by the power of example.”

“It's an America where everyone who works hard can afford a decent living, it's an America where people of all races get fair and equal treatment under the law, it's an America whose freedoms are the envy of the world, it's an America . America with honest and transparent government institutions,” she added. Shanahan promised to “work with Bobby Kennedy to make America again a land of peace, a land of compassion, [and] a country that is prosperous and free.”

Kennedy emerged as an alternative for voters dissatisfied with the two main party candidates for president: President Joe Biden, a Democrat, and former President Donald Trump, a Republican.

The RealClearPolitics average of polls asking voters who they support in a three-way race, based on polls taken from Jan. 22 through March. 21, shows Kennedy capturing 12.3% of the vote compared to Trump's 40.7% and Biden's 35.3%.

While Kennedy lags significantly behind Trump and Biden, if he captures 12.3% of the vote as projected, he would become the first third-party candidate to break double digits in a presidential election since Ross Perot in 1992. RealClearPolitics average of polls taken since February 25 asking voters who they support in a five-way race between the two major party candidates as well as Kennedy, independent candidate Cornel West and Green Party candidate Jill Stein show Kennedy capturing 9.9% of the vote.

In such a scenario, Kennedy remains far behind Trump, who captures 41.7% and Biden, whose support is measured at 39.4%. However, he is significantly ahead of the other two third-party candidates. West gets 2% support while Stein captures 1.4%.

Kennedy's campaign will largely depend on his electoral approach. For now, Kennedy just made sure voting access in four states: Nevada, Utah, Hawaii and New Hampshire. Those states boast a combined 20 electoral votes, well short of the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the presidency. The campaign is working to get on the ballot in all 50 states.

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