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Are RFK Jr.’s ‘Traditional Kennedy Liberal’ Values a Deal Breaker?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. may be considered a long shot or possible spoiler in his independent presidential bid, but he’s making progress in getting on ballots across the nation. But his claim to be a “traditional Kennedy liberal” in the style of his father and his uncle may not be the selling point he thinks it is.

Though RFK Jr. is portraying himself as a moderate alternative to either Trump or Biden, his shifting stance on issues like abortion don’t inspire a sense of principled conviction.

In an interview last Wednesday with Sage Steele, Kennedy affirmed his support for women to have full-term abortions.


According to CBS News, Kennedy walked that statement back Friday evening on social media, after receiving criticism from within his own campaign.

In a tweet, Kennedy said, “I support the emerging consensus that abortion should be unrestricted up until a certain point. I believe that point should be when the baby is viable outside the womb. Therefore I would allow appropriate restrictions on abortion in the final months of pregnancy, just as Roe v. Wade did.”

His reversal prompted accusations of fraud from some commenters.

According to Politico, Kennedy and his running mate Nicole Shanahan have made it onto the ballots in 4 states and have finished gathering signatures in 9 more states. Petitions are being circulated in 29 other states and his campaign may have the chance to impact the November election if it is able to get on ballots in all 50 states.

Americans have plenty of reasons to be dissatisfied with the two major party candidates but Kennedy’s run as third party contender doesn’t appear to be offering a clear alternative.

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Photo: NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 02: Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. visits "Fox & Friends" at Fox News Channel Studios on April 02, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)