Robert Kennedy Announces Candidacy

March 16, 1968 Robert Kennedy, after initially claiming he would not challenge incumbant President Lyndon Johnson, announces that he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination.  After his brother’s assassination, RFK continued to serve as Attorney General before running for Senator from New York.  After the Tet Offensive and Eugene McCarthy’s good showing in the New Hampshire primary, Kennedy decides to enter the race.  Kennedy effectively splits the antiwar vote with McCarthy but is a direct challenge to the Johnson Administration war efforts.  His candidacy would last less than 3 months when he was assassinated the night he won the California primary on June 5, 1968.  He left behind 10 children.  His 11th child, Rory was born 6 months later.  Rory was planning to be married on July 17, 1999.  Her cousin, John Kennedy Jr., was flying his plane to attend her wedding when he crashed and was killed along with his wife and sister-in-law on July 16, 1999.  Many controversies linger about RFK personal life, but he is undeniably one of the tragic stories that makeup the Kennedy family.

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