Kennedy Lashes Out After Being Left Out Of Biden-Trump Debates

Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is lashing out after being excluded from the upcoming presidential debates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump that are scheduled for June and September. Kennedy, who is unlikely to meet the debate qualification requirements laid out by CNN, said in a social media post that the president and former president are “trying to exclude me from their debate because they are afraid I would win.”

“Keeping viable candidates off the debate stage undermines democracy” Kennedy who is attempting to mount an independent campaign wrote on X. The Biden and Trump campaigns announced earlier Wednesday that they had accepted invitations to debate on CNN on June 27 and on ABC News on Sept. 10.

According to CNN’s rules, a candidate must be on the ballot in enough states to earn a majority of Electoral College votes by June 20. Although the Kennedy campaign is making efforts to meet the state-by-state qualifications to get on the ballot, many states won’t certify the candidates who have qualified until later in the summer.

Throughout his third-party campaign, the avidly pro-choice Kennedy has maintained that both Biden and Trump have created the majority of what he sees as the country’s current issues around the economy, healthcare and foreign policy. 

“If Americans are ever going to escape the hammerlock of the two-party system, now is the time to do it,” Kennedy wrote. “These are the two most unpopular candidates in living memory.”

Kennedy has told his followers that he will “meet the criteria to participate in the @CNN debate before the June 20 deadline.”

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