Little-known candidates who have no real chance of taking power run in every election, but the number of people who have indicated their interest this fall is higher than usual.
Ms. Stein, who is also a doctor and environmental activist, announced that she will launch her third presidential campaign in 2024, reversing her decision to support another candidate.
Among Democrats, a little-known member of Congress is challenging President Biden in the party's primary. Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota says Democrats are running into a wall by trying to re-elect an unpopular president whose age raises many questions.
I'm just saying out loud what everyone else is thinking.
A quote from Minnesota Representative Dean Phillips
For his part, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, withdrew from the Democratic primary in October and is now running as an independent candidate.
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In early October, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced that he was ending his candidacy in the Democratic primary and would would run for president as an independent. (File photo)
An environmental lawyer and anti-vaccine activist, he enjoys higher approval ratings among Republicans than Democrats, despite his deep family ties to the Democratic Party.
Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, announced that he will not seek re-election next year but will #x27;he could be tempted by a presidential campaign as an independent.
According to an August poll by the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and commissioned by the Associated Press, 75% of Americans think Mr. Biden should not run for president again, while 69% think believe Mr. Trump shouldn't do it either.
Americans believe that Mr. Biden, aged 81, is too old. They are also divided over criminal charges against Mr. Trump, 77, who has been indicted four times and will face trial next year.
Nearly 80% of respondents argued that Biden is too old to be effective for four more years in office, already the oldest serving US president in history.< /p>
About half of Americans approved of the Justice Department's decision to formally charge Mr. Trump over the schemes he implemented to try to stay in power despite their defeat in the 2020 election.
Aware of the mediocre popularity ratings of their candidates , both Democrats and Republicans are closely watching the campaigns of independents who, without taking power, could play a role in the outcome of the election if they split the vote in a close race.