Former President Donald Trump recently turned down to rule out the possibility of selecting Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as a running mate in the general election. As per a report from the New York Post, the former president made “preliminary overtures” to Kennedy to gauge his interest in the idea.
“Trump operatives expressed an interest in Kennedy early on, but it was all premature,” an anonymous source in Trump’s orbit told the outlet. The source added that Trump’s campaign reached out very early into Kennedy’s White House bid in April 2023.
“Anything’s possible. I wouldn’t write it off by any means,” the source added.
In addition to the source, a large donor to both the Kennedy and Trump campaigns said the effort to recruit Kennedy as Trump’s vice president is very much still in play.
“It’s very much behind the scenes at this stage. As we progress you might see it bubble up a little bit more,” the donor said. “Bobby can bring new people to the polls.”
Kennedy, who initially launched his White House bid as a Democrat last year. Though he consistently polled as high as 15-20 percent, the Democratic National Committee refused to hold any debates or other primary election functions, essentially anointing Biden as the party’s nominee.
Kennedy eventually announced that he would be running for president as an independent.