Who is RFK Jr, an environmental activist running for president?

His famous name has helped generate buzz for his independent bid

Election 2024 Kennedy

Robert Francis Kennedy Jr belongs to the nation's most famous political dynasty. Kennedy Jr had announced that he would run for president independently in April 20223. the 70-year-old is an environmental lawyer and an anti-vaccine activist.

Nephew of the 35th US president John F Kennedy and son of Senator Robert F Kennedy, he initially challenged President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination. Kennedy began his career as an attorney for an environmental non-profit organisation RiverKeeper.

One of the most influential environmentalists in the country, he has received the TIME Magazine's "Hero of the Planet” award. Kennedy has also promoted conspiracy theories against vaccines.

Kennedy is expected to choose California attorney and entrepreneur Nicole Shanahan as his running mate, a New York Post report read. Shanahan is the ex-wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

According to a New York Times Report, NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura were on Kennedy's short-list for the VP job. He founded We The People Party, which promotes a mixture of socially liberal and conservative views. Kennedy's campaign events have drawn large crowds of supporters and people interested in his message.

His famous name has helped generate buzz for his independent bid. 

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