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RFK Jr. has picked his running mate, and he’ll reveal the choice in the next two weeks

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is running for president independently, shared with CNN on Tuesday that he has chosen his vice presidential candidate and will reveal the decision in the next two weeks.

During the CNN interview, Kennedy mentioned that he has finalized his choice from a shortlist that includes NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. He confirmed recent discussions with both Rodgers and Ventura about the possibility of them joining his campaign.

Additional names on the shortlist, as per a campaign spokesperson, involve former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Republican Sen. Rand Paul, and former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Kennedy also mentioned talking to individuals like former TV host Mike Rowe, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, and civil rights attorney Tricia Lindsay.

Kennedy explained that he sought someone who shares his values, is optimistic about the country’s potential, and can take charge at a moment’s notice.

The Washington Post initially reported Kennedy’s selection of a running mate.

Kennedy previously held a rally in Arizona alongside Ventura, emphasizing their long-standing relationship and Ventura’s support for the campaign. In November, Ventura expressed his willingness to consider the role of running mate, despite differing opinions on vaccines. Kennedy also shared a photo of himself and Rodgers meeting last month, acknowledging the NFL star’s controversial stance on Covid-19 vaccinations.

Kennedy highlighted the deadlines in several states that mandate him to name a vice presidential candidate for ballot access, prompting the early announcement. Out of the 23 states requiring this announcement, Kennedy is currently on the ballot in Utah and has gathered enough signatures in New Hampshire, Nevada, and Hawaii. A super PAC supporting his campaign claims to have collected sufficient signatures for Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, and South Carolina.

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