Here Is The Answer You've All Been Waiting For...Will RFK Jr. Appear At The Debate?

By Victor Smiroff | Thursday, 20 June 2024 04:30 PM
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The independent presidential candidate, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., has been deemed ineligible to participate in the forthcoming CNN presidential debate scheduled for June 27, according to The Post Millennial.

Despite Kennedy's assertions that he had secured sufficient state ballot appearances to share the stage with Donald Trump and Joe Biden, a recent investigation by the Washington Post has contradicted these claims.

CNN's eligibility criteria for the debate stipulates that candidates must be capable of securing a minimum of 270 electoral votes, the requisite number to clinch the presidency. As of Wednesday, Kennedy's name is only confirmed on five state ballots, collectively representing a mere 42 electoral votes. Although petitions or nominations have been submitted in an additional 11 states, even if these are approved before the debate deadline, Kennedy's potential electoral vote count would only reach 241. His applications in the remaining 34 states, which account for 297 electoral votes, are still under review.

As reported by The Post Millennial, Kennedy contended that since neither Trump nor Biden had been officially designated as their respective parties' nominees, they technically did not possess any potential electoral votes. However, CNN dismissed his argument, stating that as the presumptive nominees, and given that major party candidates are not required to request states for ballot appearances, his argument was invalid.

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In response, a spokesperson from Kennedy's campaign told the Post, "the bottom line is he is eligible for more electoral votes than both Presidents Trump and Biden." However, a CNN representative refuted this claim, clarifying that "the mere application for ballot access does not guarantee that he will appear on the ballot in any state." They further noted that even if Kennedy did secure a place on the ballot, he still "does not currently meet [the] polling criteria, which, like the other objective criteria, were set before issuing invitations to the debate."

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Kennedy, last month, accused the network and major parties of "trying to exclude me from their debate because they are afraid I would win." He further emphasized the need for a break from the two-party system, stating, "If Americans are ever going to escape the hammerlock of the two-party system, now is the time to do it," citing that 43 percent of Americans identify as independent.

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