Speaking at the Bitcoin Conference taking place today, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. became the first presidential candidate to accept Bitcoin campaign donations. Moreover, Kennedy previously referred to the digital asset as more than a currency but as an “exercise in democracy.”
The candidate has emerged as a vocal defender of the digital asset industry. Subsequently, amid US regulation in the sector, that remains unclear. As Federal Reserve-issued CBDC is on the horizon, the industry is primed to be a vital aspect of the upcoming elections.
Kennedy to Accept Bitcoin Campaign Donations
In recent weeks, former lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has brought digital assets into the political arena. Specifically, he has remained outspoken against government-issued digital assets, and spoken in defense of one of the most important ones.
Now, Kennedy Jr. is making history as the first presidential candidate to accept Bitcoin campaign donations. Moreover, Kennedy Jr. made the statement at a Bitcoin conference today, in what was viewed as his “campaign debut” by NBC News.
Kennedy was asked to make an appearance at the Bitcoin 2023 conference following his statements about the asset. Moreover, the candidate has been outspoken in his support of financial freedom. Subsequently identifying cryptocurrency as an avenue for that endeavor.
“When I become president, I am going to ensure that you guys have your own wallets and keep your own passwords,” Kennedy stated. Then, reiterated his opposition to government interference in individual financial activity.
In particular, Kennedy opposed the arrival of the FedNow CBDC. Specifically, he stated that the Federal Reserve’s issued digital asset presented a “war on crypto.” Conversely, it appears as though cryptocurrency advocacy will be a major aspect of Kennedy’s campaign. This is a refreshing development considering the industry’s place in political discourse in recent years.