CNN’s Green Party Town Hall hosted by Chris Cuomo was a great opportunity for Jill Stein, Harvard doctor and professional bongo player, to make her case for President. The network event was also an opportunity for the world to meet Ajamu Baraka (Jill Stein’s running mate). Unfortunately, Stein came across as too much bongo player not enough doctor and Ajamu barely came across at all.
Stein rarely- if ever- answered Cuomo’s questions directly, taking minutes to answer even “yes or no questions”. Appearing to be nervous, Stein often repeated small phrases. Stein came across as overly defensive yet overly confident like a kindergarten teacher at Jonestown elementary. Throughout the debate Stein’s manic body language and slurry, condescending speech often distracted from her many strong points.
Baraku was more clear in his speech than Stein, but was forgettable overall. Additionally, Baraku’s chemistry with Stein was awkward. After watching the town hall, I am convinced the team just met a few weeks ago on tinder.
To be fair, the debate did seem biased against the green party with many tough pre-rehearsed questions. And Stein did exhibit a few flashes of brilliance that have already gone viral (why she is equally afraid of Clinton and Trump).
I also believe she will get another chance on CNN because they are desperate for ratings. Still giving this town hall an “F” for wasting my time, and a “+” for the third party publicity.
Am I wrong or right? Watch for yourself here and comment!