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Who is Nicole Shanahan, RFK Jr.'s vice presidential pick?

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Former Democrat turned independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has finally made a decision.

To boost his campaign, he has chosen Nicole Shanahan as his running mate for vice president. So who is Nicole Shanahan?

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Who is Nicole Shanahan

Nicole Shanahan, the vice president of RFK Jr., has caused quite a stir. Bee only 38 years oldshe is barely old enough to take over the presidency.

Shanahan, who is Chinese, grew up in California and graduated from Santa Clara Law School in 2014.

As a technologist, she started her own intellectual property company, called ClearAcceessIP. She has invested in several emerging technologies, such as biotechnology.

CNN reports that Shanahan was an early supporter of Kennedy, who is also a lawyer with interests in technology. Like Kennedy, she was skeptical of the Covid vaccine.

In addition to the wealth she earned from her tech startup and other ventures, she was also married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. CNN and the Wall Street Journal report that the cause of the 2023 divorce was an affair Shanahan had with Elon Musk. The affair is denied by both Shanahan and Musk.

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What Kennedy says

Why did Kennedy choose Nicole Shanahan?

Many speculate about getting some young people into the group. Especially considering that the two main candidates are considered quite old. At 38, Shanahan is younger than Barack Obama was when he was in office, and he was considered young.

There is also the matter of money. Shanahan has a lot of it, and Kennedy needs a lot of it.

Kennedy himself makes a strong case for his independence with this choice, saying: “Nicole and I have both left the Democratic Party. Our values ​​have not changed. The Democratic Party did that.”

Recognizing that American voters insist on voting only for Republicans or Democrats, Kennedy argued“If Nicole and I can get Americans to refuse to vote out of fear, we will be in the White House in November.”

That’s a tall order, but Kennedy is betting that Nicole Shanahan will impress voters.

President Trump responded to the choice by targeting both candidates.

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