Grist: Meet the presidential candidate who makes Bernie Sanders look conservative


From Green Party Watch, March 14th:

Grist writes about the Green Party presidential candidacy of Jill Stein, saying that she “not only promises to cancel all student debt, she says she would guarantee access to food, water, housing, and utilities; establish a single-payer healthcare system; set a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage; end police brutality, mass incarceration, and institutional racism; protect women’s reproductive rights; end discrimination against LGBTQ people; create a path to citizenship; and replace drug prohibition with harm reduction.”

Grist writes, “Most of what Stein says makes sense. And that’s maybe the craziest thing about Jill Stein: Our most radical, leftist candidate is also supremely rational.”

At The Huffington Post, Eoin Higgins interviews Stein, who told him, “The course of recent events has made it apparent we need to go outside of the Democratic Party to effect real change.”

Higgins writes that Stein “has been thoroughly unimpressed with the Obama years. The Obama presidency has spent its time ‘expanding war and attacking our civil liberties,’ said Stein. ‘On civil liberties, on the press, using the espionage laws, Obama has been the worst president in history. And there’s been no one worse for immigrants.

Excerpt from the article

Jill Stein has a plan to win the presidency.

Her idea is almost genius in its simplicity. There are 43 million Americans with student debt, Stein tells me over the phone, and if every one of them cast their ballot for her — the one candidate who has promised to cancel their debt — she could get a plurality of the vote and win the general election. “Young people are discovering that they can check the Green box and reclaim their lives,” she says.

It’s a nice thought, especially now, when the average student with loans leaves school $30,000 in debt. But unfortunately for Stein, it’s not really true that 43 million votes would take the presidency. America, as anyone who voted for Al Gore in 2000 will remember, doesn’t elect presidents through a popular vote. We elect them through the Electoral College — and if no candidate gets a majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives gets to pick the president. This is one of the many problems with our electoral process, Stein says — a system designed to discourage people from voting. She has a plan to fix that too.

Stein, a Massachusetts doctor, is seeking the Green Party’s nomination for president, which will be decided at the party’s convention in August. She won that nomination in 2012, and then went on to get arrested three times during that campaign: at a bank sit-in in Philadelphia, when she tried to get into a presidential debate on Long Island, and when she tried to deliver supplies to activists fighting the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas. Despite her arrest record — and not being invited to a single general election debate — Stein won nearly half a million votes, making her the most successful female presidential candidate in American history

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