For Stein, 2016 bid about spreading the message

Jill Stein

by Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Green Party candidate Jill Stein wasted no time trying to swoop in on Bernie Sanders’ political revolution.

Little more than a blip on the radar screen for a dozen years, Stein saw a fresh opportunity to woo progressives, climate activists and young radicals when Sanders left the race and threw his support behind Hillary Clinton. She’s worked to build on that momentum since, but has been largely unable to draw crowds quite matching the throngs of angry voters that flocked to her outside the Democratic National Convention.

“Democracy needs a moral compass. It needs our vision, it needs our values — it doesn’t need our silence and our fear,” she said to a rally of several hundred last week in California.

Stein is, in many ways, further left than Sanders. She’s pledging to wipe out student debt entirely and to create a wartime mobilization of resources to move the United States toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. But Stein has no experience in elected office and downplays the difficulty of working with an entity like Congress to pass her dramatic policy initiatives…

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