Stein appears on PBS’s “Tavis Smiley”

tavisGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein appeared on PBS’s Tavis Smiley Thursday evening for an interview that ran about 25 minutes. The complete video is available here.

Stein discussed her call to open the presidential debates to alternative party presidential candidates, saying the current debates are “basically a sham…that’s been orchestrated and controlled by the big political parties. … Debates are a good thing. I think the public airwaves really belong to the public and they should be used for legitimate candidates who are in this critical election.”

Asked about how she differs from Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, Stein said, “There is an enormous overlap between Bernie and I. I want to frame that by saying that in my view what’s wrong with Bernie’s campaign is not Bernie’s campaign but where he’s running it. Bernie is part of a long tradition of principled rebels inside the Democratic Party. … The party insiders are not going let a truly principled people’s candidate get the nomination.”


  1. Bernie Sanders Echoes Pope Francis on Climate Change, Poverty!

    “Pope Francis is not just asking us to alleviate poverty and move toward a more equitable distribution of wealth and income. Nor is he simply requesting that we act boldly to combat climate change and save the planet. He is asking us to create a new form of society where the economy works for all, and not just the wealthy and the powerful. He is asking us to become a different kind of person, where our happiness and well-being comes from serving others and being part of the human community – not by spending our lives accumulating more and more wealth and power while oppressing others.”

    “He has a very, very progressive agenda,” Sanders said. “He is looking in the eyes of the wealthiest people in this country … and he is saying, ‘You know what? You cannot continue to ignore the needs of the poor, you cannot continue to ignore the needs of the sick.’ And he is also saying trickle-down economic theory … really doesn’t work. That government itself is obliged to protect those who are vulnerable, and that is a message, I have to be honest, that my Republican colleagues do not want to hear,” Sanders said.

    Watch Bernie Sanders Talk About Pope Francis on YouTube

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