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      Not a speech which would be compared to Barack Obama at the democratic convention, not a stirring piece of oratory, but a possible landmark for a future president?

      The 2020 Presidential campaign doesn't have a clear democratic candidate, would a young, energetic, candidate with links to the Kennedy dynasty go forward, and would he win?

      Link to article in Irish Independent

      Joe Kennedy III was selected to give the official Democratic Party rebuttal to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address last night.

      However, the 37-year old is little known outside his home state of Massachusetts.

      Here is all you need to know about the potential rising star of the Democratic Party.

      He is from the famous Kennedy clan

      He is the grandson of the late Robert F Kennedy, the senator and US attorney general, and the son of former Representative Joseph Kennedy II, who served in the House from 1987 to 1999.

      This is his biggest platform to date

      The speech was the highest profile appearance of the 37-year-old Kennedy's political career, following his 2016 talk at the Democratic National Convention, where he introduced U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. He has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2013.

      His career so far

      Before his first 2012 run for Congress, Kennedy worked as a Massachusetts prosecutor, served in the Peace Corps - founded by his great-uncle President Kennedy - and worked on the final election campaign of his great-uncle Senator Kennedy, who died in 2009.

      Read more: Five key points from Donald Trump's first State of the Union address 

      What did he say in his rebuttal to Trump's speech

      "To all the Dreamers watching tonight, let me be clear: Ustedes son parte de nuestra historia. Vamos a luchar por ustedes y no nos vamos alejar," the Representative from Massachusetts, who is fluent in Spanish, said, responding to Trump giving no ground on the contentious issue of whether to shield young immigrants known as "Dreamers" from deportation.

      In English, he added: "You are a part of our story. We will fight for you. We will not walk away."

      Kennedy also assailed many of the President's other policies, from his attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare to his administration's rollback of protections for transgender students. He touched briefly on the issue of Russian meddling in the 2016 election – a sore spot for Mr Trump – and on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

      He closed by paying lip service to activist movements like "Me too," which sparked a national conversation about sexual harassment, and Black Lives Matter, which works to combat police brutality against black people.

      "You bravely say, 'Me too'." You steadfastly say, 'Black lives matter'," the 37-year-old told his audience. "You wade through floodwaters, battle hurricanes, brave wildfires and mudslides to save a stranger."

      He added: "You serve, you rescue, you help, you heal. That – more than any law or leader, debate work disagreement – that is what drives us towards progress."

      Will he run for President?

      That is still a bit away but Paddy Power have him at 33/1 to win in 2020.


    • Chris

      Fascinating. I didn't know anything about him. It's a tough job giving a rebuttal speech to the president, but it seems almost everyone on both sides were crediting the fact that it was unifying.

      He sure looks like a Kennedy.

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