Kennedy OUT – Supporters Upset!

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

( – In a development upsetting the supporters of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the independent presidential candidate did not succeed in qualifying for the forthcoming CNN presidential debate on June 27.

Consequently, he will not join former president Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden on the debate stage.

Kennedy failed to satisfy the criteria established by CNN for the debate scheduled for June 27, National Review reports.

Specifically, he did not achieve at least 15 percent support in four national polls as required; as of Thursday, he had surpassed the 15 percent threshold in only three approved polls.

In addition to polling requirements, CNN mandated that participants be on enough state ballots to potentially secure 270 electoral votes—the number necessary to win the presidency.

Currently, Kennedy is listed on ballots in only six states—California, Delaware, Hawaii, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Utah—accounting for a total of 89 electoral votes.

Earlier in the month, Kennedy’s campaign asserted that he had secured ballot access in Texas, South Carolina, and Florida, beyond the six states already mentioned.

However, a CNN spokesperson contested this claim, stating that “the mere application for ballot access” does not equate to actual listing on the ballot in any state.

Despite this, Kennedy’s campaign continues efforts to gather additional voter signatures nationwide before the November 5 deadline.

Kennedy expressed strong objections to his exclusion from the debate, accusing both Biden and Trump of conspiring with CNN to bar him from participating.

“Presidents Biden and Trump do not want me on the debate stage and CNN illegally agreed to their demand,” Kennedy stated.

“My exclusion by Presidents Biden and Trump from the debate is undemocratic, un-American, and cowardly. Americans want an independent leader who will break apart the two-party duopoly. They want a President who will heal the divide, restore the middle class, unwind the war machine, and end the chronic disease epidemic,” he added.

Historically, the last time an independent or third-party candidate participated in the national debate was during Ross Perot’s 1992 campaign.

In that year’s debates, Perot shared the stage with then-president George H.W. Bush and then-governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas.

Kennedy’s absence from the debate on the upcoming Thursday represents a significant setback for his campaign as he attempts to garner support against the assumed Republican and Democratic nominees.

He has also accused CNN of colluding with the Trump and Biden campaigns in a complaint to the Federal Election Commission, alleging that the network violated campaign finance laws.

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