Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers turned down offer to run with RFK Jr.

 May 22, 2024

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. made headlines in March when he selected wealthy entrepreneur Nicole Shanahan to serve as his running mate.

However, New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently confirmed that he turned down an offer to run as vice president.

"I wanna keep playing"

According to Breitbart, Rodgers made the announcement when fielding questions at a press conference on Tuesday, explaining that he wasn't ready to end his career.

"I love Bobby," Rodgers said. "We had a couple of really nice conversations. But there were really two options — retire and be his VP or keep playing. And I wanna keep playing."

Breitbart noted that Rodgers has long been known as a supporter of Kennedy, with the candidate posting an image to social media showing the two on a hike together in February.

Kennedy fighting to be included in televised debate

The website also pointed out how Rodgers has voiced similar views to those of Kennedy, telling The Pat McAfee Show earlier this year that he believes "in medical freedom and informed consent."

What's more, the Kennedy campaign confirmed to Fox News in March that Rodgers was being considered as a potential vice presidential pick.

Kennedy was also in the news this week for his quest to participate in televised debates hosted by CNN alongside President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

"CNN published a list of criteria for candidates getting in, and we have shown CNN that we meet all of those criteria and that President Trump and President Biden cannot meet those criteria," Kennedy said during an appearance on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures."

Polls show Kennedy meeting 15% threshold

"One of the two key criteria, is that every candidate has to be on ballots in enough states to get 270 electoral votes by June 20, and we will qualify for that," he stressed.

Kennedy observed how "President Trump and President Biden cannot qualify for that because they don't have any electoral votes at this time."

"They are presumptive nominees for their party. They themselves are not on the ballot, and I will be the only one on the ballot," he continued.

Kennedy further pointed to  five national polls, including one conducted by CNN, which show him meeting the 15% threshold in national support.

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