Rumors Swirl Over Potential RFK Jr. VP Pick

( Although most Americans view the 2024 presidential election as a presumptive rematch between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, a third candidate has been working to build momentum in recent months: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. The independent candidate is shaping up to be a consequential contender in the race and could be further propelled based on his vice presidential pick.

Kennedy was reportedly eyeing football player Aaron Rodgers as a potential running mate, but has since shifted his focus to Nicole Shanahan—the ex-wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin—according to a source within his campaign. Shanahan’s wealth could aid Kennedy’s efforts to secure ballot access in all 50 states.

Kennedy has secured ballot access in Utah, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Hawaii, but other states require a declared running mate before granting ballot access. Moreover, the Kennedy campaign estimates that securing ballot access will cost $15 million.

However, despite Shanahan’s financial benefits to the campaign, one source close to the Kennedy campaign said that she is otherwise unqualified for the job. Shanahan works as a lawyer and tech entrepreneur in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Kennedy is set to officially announce his vice presidential pick on March 26 in Oakland, California, according to his campaign. The campaign did not confirm whether Kennedy has made a final decision on the matter.

Kennedy launched his campaign as a Democrat before switching to an independent bid. Shanahan also previously backed Democratic candidates, including Biden’s 2020 campaign.

Regardless of Kennedy’s past ties to the Democratic Party, Libertarian National Committee chairwoman Angela McArdle suggested that he could run on the Libertarian Party’s presidential ticket, which could help him secure ballot access across the country.

In January, Kennedy said that he was considering running as a Libertarian. However, McArdle noted that Kennedy’s progressive positions are not an ideal fit for the Libertarian Party, but maintained that teaming up could be mutually beneficial.

As such, the Libertarian Party may be closely watching Kennedy’s March 26 announcement, which could prove to be a make-or-break moment for his campaign.

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