Kennedy Family Members Endorse Joe Biden As Campaign Tries To Counter RFK Jr.’s Independent Bid

Joe Biden was joined by members of the Kennedy family in Philadelphia today to promote their endorsement of the president, a conspicuous rebuke of the independent bid of Robert Kennedy Jr.

Kerry Kennedy, RFK Jr.’s sister, introduced Biden at the event, noting that “nearly every grandchild of Joe and Rose Kennedy supports Joe Biden. That’s right, the Kennedy family endorses Joe Biden for president.”

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She was joined by 14 other relatives. They include siblings Rory, Joe, Chris, Max and Kathleen, as well as Joe Kennedy III, who serves as a special envoy to Northern Ireland.

Kerry Kennedy said that “in 2024 there are only two candidates with any chance of winning the presidency. We know that well.”

RFK Jr.’s campaign could prove consequential to Biden’s prospects, especially if he is able to secure ballot access in key swing states and siphon votes way from the president’s reelection effort. Kennedy’s campaign announced today that it had qualified for the ballot in Michigan.

Earlier, on Good Morning America, Kerry Kennedy said that “we must elect President Biden and that is where all of our energy has to be.”

Asked by George Stephanopoulos whether voters, seeing RFK Jr.’s name on the ballot, would think that it is he who is carrying on the family legacy, Kerry Kennedy responded, “Nobody competes with President Biden when it comes to carrying on the legacies of John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy.”

Kennedy generally refrained from criticism of her brother, saying, “In our family, we love Bobby and we like him. But that is not what this race is about. Donald Trump is an existential threat to our country and to our world.”

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