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Stein: Romney attorneys trying to get debate lawsuit tossed

Jill-Stein-Hofstra-010Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said in a campaign email that “lawyers for Mitt Romney are trying to get our lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) thrown out. Our lawsuit, supported by both Greens and Libertarians, makes the case that the CPD violates antitrust law by excluding independent candidates, essentially giving the establishment parties a monopoly on the presidential debates.”

Stein said, “When I heard that Mitt Romney was opposing our case for open debates, my first thought was that Romney probably still remembers the time in 2002 when I debated him and two other candidates in the race for governor of Massachusetts. In that televised debate, I spoke out for our Green platform and values, and then was mobbed by reporters telling me that I won the instant online viewer poll! I wasn’t invited to any more debates with Romney and company after that.”

Stein and vice presidential running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested in October 2012 when they attempted to enter the grounds of the presidential debate site at Hofstra University in New York. They were, Stein said, “arrested and held incommunicado for eight hours in an undisclosed location, where we were handcuffed to metal chairs.”

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