BREAKING: Stein and Honkala Arrested at Presidential Debate Site

Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala decided to show up to tonight’s Presidential Debate, which didn’t invite them. Both were prepared to be arrested, and it came to pass:

Speaking earlier in the day to Philadelphia Weekly:

“This is a great day for democracy,” noted Stein. “It’s a great day for the politics of courage.” She said they’re attempting their bum-rush because fighting the exclusion of this debate is a “push-back against the stranglehold of the economic elite — and especially of this forum.”

The candidates are calling the action “Occupy the Commission on Presidential Debates,” noting the CPD is an unfair entity formed in the 1980s by Democratic and Republican leaders and structured so as to lock out any opposition. A leaked 12-page memorandum was just recently obtained by Time magazine which shows the CPD’s rules agreed upon by both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama — including such points as, “The candidates may not ask each other direct questions during any of the four debates.” Gawker noted it shows both candidates are “sniveling cowards.”

Honkala told PW she’s ready to face security at the Hofstra debate, though “you get some butterflies in the stomach before you deal with the secret service.” But it’s worth it, she says: “We’re on the ballot. Eighty-five percent of the electorate can vote for us. We’ve done our homework. We deserve to be on the stage with the presidential and vice-presidential candidates.”

Ronald Hardy


  1. Only in Corporate controlled America could this happen. I remeber the First Amendment fondly.

  2. The page is not allowing a facebook “like” to go through to a post. 1/2 of the comment box is cut off so the send button is not visible. Could it be a Safari issue? Is it working for others?

  3. My question is what are we doing about it, what can we do? It is evident to me that what we need is change something new that takes into account We the People, The time has come when we can no longer stand by as spectators in complacency. I am astounded at what has transpired today with respect to a Green Party Candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America being detained along with her running mate for the Vice Presidency…… Remember that information is Power, and United we will Triumph!

  4. I am confused by the video. Were our candidates sitting on a street and “blocking traffic” or trying to walk into the debates as alleged? From what I can tell from this video, they are sitting, not walking, and they are on blacktop such as a street or maybe a parking lot.

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