Robert F. Kennedy Jr. closes in on choosing a vice presidential candidate
The independent candidate has a shortlist that includes NFL star Aaron Rodgers and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has made a decision on a vice presidential running mate from a short list that includes NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura. He is close to announcing his pick, according to his campaign manager Amaryllis Fox Kennedy.

The environmental and anti-vaccine activist has also approached Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, according to two people with knowledge of the campaign, who were granted anonymity to speak about internal deliberations. One of those people also said motivational speaker Tony Robbins had been in the mix; the two “ spent the day” together in Florida this January.

But not everyone on Kennedy’s list is open to running with him. Paul indicated he would decline an invitation to be on the presidential ticket.

“I’m supportive of his ability to have a platform to speak out. I think he’s saying a lot of good things. But I have no plans to get involved in the campaign,” the Kentucky Republican said in a brief interview on Capitol Hill.

Paul and Kennedy met at his Senate office on Jan. 10, and Doug Stafford, Paul’s chief strategist, is now a consultant with the Kennedy campaign, one person with knowledge of the campaign said. Kennedy has said he supports Paul to be the next Senate GOP leader.