Green 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.”