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Stein continues appeal to Sanders supporters

steinpinTruthout interviews Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about her appeal to supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders and other voters disenchanted with expected major-party nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Stein said, “I think the Green Party and my campaign [are] ‘Plan B’ for Bernie supporters because the Democratic Party is the opposite of everything they’ve been working for and building for the last eight months or so, and to simply be dumped into Hillary’s campaign right now is kind of unthinkable. The sabotage of Bernie’s campaign by the Democratic Party really makes the point about why we need an independent party, because it has shown that it is very hard to have a revolutionary campaign inside of a counterrevolutionary party.”

She said of Sanders, “Bernie has been quite clear that he considers third parties a big liability, but I think that’s kind of old-school thinking here that looks to the Democrats of the New Deal, which we don’t have anymore. I’m hoping Bernie is still a living, thinking person who can actually learn with experience and maybe his thinking will change here, but it’s clear where his revolution will go inside the Democratic Party, and that is to a graveyard. The party does not tolerate reform, and there have been many efforts to do so.”

Stein said in an interview posted at Red Alert Politics, “All the reasons you were told you had to vote for the lesser of two evils, because you didn’t want the massive expanding wars, you didn’t want meltdown of the climate, you didn’t want the massive Wall Street bailout, you didn’t want the offshoring of our jobs — these were all things delivered to us signed, sealed, and delivered by a Democratic White House with two Democratic houses of Congress.”

The Wall Street Journal writes that “Americans are growing curious about their third-party options, search data and recent polls show, as both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump look likely to reach the general election as the most unpopular presidential nominees in modern history. … Stein is considered the front-runner for the Green Party nomination.” Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant writes at Jacobin, “Jill Stein’s Green Party campaign will likely offer the strongest left challenge in November and deserves the broadest possible support.”

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  1. This could be a weird suggestion/comment to have. But is there any way for the Green Party to change name into Progressive Green Party?

    I say that because unfortunately the Green Party, not only in US, but every other nations had a very strong associations with environmental activism. And while it was a thing to proud of, it also undermine the Green standing as an alternative legitimate political party in US. Especially when considering the trust toward the two parties system have been falling apart in recent years.

    I know the Green has its own history, and it’s rude for an outsider to make such outrage suggestions. But I truly truly believe it will benefit the Green a lot more if they put themselves into American political spectrum (conservative vs progressive) rather than being an outsider right now

  2. Applause to Dr. Jill Stein Green Party.
    Dr. Jill Stein continues to pull Big Corporate Media stories on the Green Party Green New Deal eco jobs for economy.
    Remember. The only bad Green Party press is no Green Party press.
    As veteran Green Party Voters, Green Party leaders, Green Party candidates all know, Corporate Media reports on the Green Party only when there is a poison pill. On then is Big Corporate Media allowed by their “corporate paymasters (Ralph Nader 2000)” to do a Green Party story.
    Big Corporate Media covers the Green Party with a the poison pill clause..
    Here are two more today..
    The Hill had this Green Party story today.
    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/281138-green-party-could-be-election-spoiler
    The Los Angeles Times has this Green Party story. Especially worthwhile. I’ve known the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins since the 1990’s. Here we learn the Green Party Howie Hawkins has known Bernie Sanders since 1972.
    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-socialists-20160525-snap-story.html
    Vote Green Party.

    Gingerbread – The Green Party does use the name “Progressive Party” in Missouri.
    http://www.politics1.com/mo.htm

    ;-)

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