Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate for President, Talks About Why She’s Running

Found in philly.com

September 8, 2012

Jill Stein, a physician and environmental health advocate from Massachusetts, is running for president on the Green Party ticket.

One of several third-party contenders, Stein, 62, is on the ballot in 34 states and is seeking ballot status in 15 others (she’s a write-in in Georgia). Cheri Honkala, the Philadelphia advocate for the homeless and an antipoverty crusader, is Stein’s vice-presidential running mate.

Neither Stein, nor Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson have been invited to participate during this season’s debates.

We spoke with Dr. Stein as she was campaigning in New England.

Why are you running for president?

I’m running because we’re in a crisis. Because I’m a mother and mothers don’t give up.

When the president put Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block last year, I suddenly got religion about national politics. I’ve always been active on the state and local level, but suddenly I understood and felt like so many others that it was unthinkable that these threats would go unchallenged in the national debate. So I became involved with the Greens.

The nation is in crisis. People are losing jobs, losing their homes, the climate is in meltdown, the rich are getting richer and the political establishment is making things worse by imposing austerity on the American people while they squander trillions on wars, Wall Street bailouts and tax breaks for the wealthy.

In short, Americans are at a breaking point. Our role is to turn the breaking point into a tipping point.

My job is to give people a voice in this election, everyday people, and a choice at the polls that isn’t already bought and paid for by Wall Street. My job is to put real solutions on the table that the American people are clamoring for.

 

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10 thoughts on “Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate for President, Talks About Why She’s Running

  1. Deran

    I’m guessing Stein will get 300k+ votes, probably the best GP pres. vote since Nader in 2000. But no where near Nader’s 2.8+ mil.

    Although, I wonder how many ’08 Obama voters who’ve been disillusioned by Obama’s general mendacity and particular cravenness toward Wall Street, and who were talking of not voting or voting for Stein and such, will end up voting to reelect the president?

    I also think there is a good chance Stein’s campaign will save the US GP from total national atrophy.

  2. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Although I disagree with almost all of what she says, she seems to be a genuine crusader and should be an excellent candidate for the Greens. I don’t know anyone of the Green persuasion, though, (and I’m in Calfiornia!) I’m very curious as to how well she’ll do in the election.

  3. jonathan

    Why would any liberal or socialist vote for Jill Stein when they got Barack Hussein Obama in the white house? For real .

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  5. Austin Battenberg

    @3 Because most liberals and socialists are still anti-war and pro civil liberties. Obama is just an authoritarian.

  6. Steven Berson

    Jonathan –
    Obama is not really a liberal or much of a socialist – I think it’s way more accurate to label him as a corporatist, same as Romney. To quote Free Software Foundation founder / GNU developer Richard Stallman “In the 1970s we had a name for politicians with policies like Obama’s: Republicans.”

    I disagree with Jill Stein on many economic issues and the ultimate role that government should have – but I still get warm fuzzies whenever I see her speak – I think she’s been doing a great job for the Green Party. It’d be great to see Dems/progressives/leftists actually stick with some of their supposed anti-war and pro-civil liberty principles and vote for her – but the boogie man of Romney coming to put women back into the 19th Century and take away everyone’s health care has been hyped up so hard that it seems all of the ones I know plan to vote for Obama in order to just block Romney. “Lesser of two evils” ad nausea once again.

  7. Mark Axinn

    Steve @ 6.

    I couldn’t agree more.

    One thing to tell Greens who want to vote for Stein (or small-l libertarians who want to vote for GJ) but are afraid to do so, is that you and I live in the bluest of blue states. Since the corporatist is going to win New York anyway, let’s send a message to the D’s and R’s how fed up we are with candidates only Goldman Sachs can love and vote for Jill, Gary, Virgil, etc.

  8. Steven Berson

    Mark –
    really I’ve just been encouraging friends throughout New York just to vote Libertarian! – but some of them believe so strongly in the government using force when it comes to economic issues it’s not possible to sway them. At least if they vote for Stein it shows that there is a larger block of people wanting repeals of the authoritarian abominations like the NDAA and PATRIOT Act and want our interventionist occupations to stop.

  9. Bill Blair

    “Although, I wonder how many ’08 Obama voters who’ve been disillusioned by Obama’s general mendacity and particular cravenness toward Wall Street, and who were talking of not voting or voting for Stein and such, will end up voting to reelect the president?”

    Not me. I’m voting for Stein. If for some reason I don’t do so, then Gary Johnson gets my vote.

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