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RFK Jr. considers Aaron Rodgers and Jesse Ventura as possible running mates

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. considering shortlist of candidates for running mate that includes New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday.

Kennedy said in an interview last month that he would most likely name his vice presidential pick within the next 30 days. The self-imposed deadline passed in early March without any announcement.

“He is considering Aaron Rodgers and Jesse Ventura as running mates with others on a short list,” a Kennedy campaign spokesperson said Tuesday. “No further details available.”

The New York Times first reported that Rodgers and Ventura, a former professional wrestler, were on Kennedy's shortlist.

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Rodgers and the Jets did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Ventura could not be reached for comment.

Ventura, 72, was elected governor of Minnesota in 1998, becoming the first Reform Party candidate to win statewide office. He served one term and did not seek re-election.

Rodgers, 40, future Hall of Fame quarterback who won a Super Bowl title and four MVP awards, should back in the field this year, after an injury in the first game of the 2023 season, he kept him out.

Rodgers supported Kennedy, 70, last year after the two bonded over their opposition to Covid vaccines. Tuesday afternoon, Rodgers reposted Kennedy's answer to President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on X, saying, “It's presidential.” »

The Democratic National Committee criticized Kennedy's shortlist.

“The Three Stooges reunion that no one asked for. It’s not surprising that this list made the cut, given which conspiracy theorist is choosing,” Mary Beth Cahill, senior adviser to the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement.

Kenotnedy frof his presidential campaign as a Democrat last year and launched an independent bid after struggling to gain support from the Democratic base.

According to a Quinnipiac University Survey released last month that examined a hypothetical race including Biden, former President Donald Trump and Kennedy as an independent candidate, 38% of voters said they would support Biden, followed by 37% for Trump and 15% for Kennedy.

The poll, which surveyed 1,421 registered voters nationwide, had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

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