Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. met with his Republican rival Vivek Ramaswamy on Thursday to discuss Russia’s war in Ukraine and the “military industrial complex,” a person familiar with the meeting told The Post.
The two White House hopefuls met backstage at the North American Blockchain Summit, where both candidates were scheduled to speak at the two-day conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
The forum offered to host them for an informal chat, but Kennedy declined, The Post has learned.
RFK Jr. dropped his Democratic primary bid in October and has since flirted with various political events. He also joined Ramaswamy as a speaker at a Conservative Political Action (CPAC) event in October.
Kennedy and Ramaswamy have criticized the United States’ involvement in supporting Ukraine. RFK Jr. has referred to the war as a “proxy war” and said the United States has conducted the war in a way that is “terrible for the Ukrainian people,” while Ramaswamy stands out as the only Republican candidate to He says he will suspend aid. to kyiv.
Both 2024 candidates have also specifically argued that the “military industrial complex” has too much power in the United States and is fueling wars abroad.
Ramaswamy and RFK Jr talk backstage at the North American Blockchain Summit.NY Post
Ramaswamy, the billionaire Republican longshot candidate, released the “Three Crypto Freedoms” Policy Framework Thursday.
The policy includes allowing developers the “freedom to write and publish code,” prohibiting the federal government from limiting access to self-hosted wallets, and forcing “crypto regulators to apply well-defined rules to precisely defined jurisdictions.”
Ramaswamy, who has been polling in the single digits, released his cryptocurrency policies on Thursday.Getty Images
RFK Jr. had previously announced a plan to exempt Bitcoin from capital gains tax when converted to US currency and has spoken out in favor of the digital currency at numerous events.
RFK Jr and Ramaswamy were scheduled to speak at the blockchain event and were previously scheduled to deliver remarks at CPAC.REUTERS
Polls show Kennedy with a significant share of the polls despite his independent status. A New York Times/Sienna College poll showed the 69-year-old environmental lawyer and vaccine skeptic drew strong support from voters in swing states.
Kennedy won the support of 22% of voters in Wisconsin, 23% in Nevada and Pennsylvania, 24% in Georgia and 26% in Arizona and Michigan, according to the poll.
Political strategists are divided over how Kennedy could alter the 2024 election cycle. His campaign promises range from securing the border to environmental policies, and he has also spoken out in favor of reparations, which President Biden has hesitated to fully support.