The Green Party of the United States said in a Wednesday statement that it “formally recognizes two candidates for the 2016 Green presidential nomination, in accordance with party rules: Jill Stein and William Kreml. Both candidates have fulfilled all the requirements for official recognition, qualifying their campaigns for access to party resources.”
Details on the recognition requirements are available online. The nominee will be selected at the Green Party Presidential Nomination Convention in Houston, August 4-7. To date, Stein has won 101 delegates to the convention, while Kreml has won 11; 202 delegates are needed to win. Kreml said in February that Stein will “probably” be the nominee.
The editorial board of Connecticut’s Norwich Bulletin spoke with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on Friday, writing that Stein “is banking on a groundswell of support from disaffected, debt-ridden young people as she again makes a run for the highest office in the land.” The newspaper notes that Stein “received more votes — 456,169 — than any other general election female candidate” in history in her 2012 presidential run.
Stein told the Bulletin, “This has been a very unusual election season and all the rules of game are collapsing one by one. I’m not holding my breath that we’re going to win, but I’m not ruling it out. I wouldn’t offhand say that it’s impossible for a voter revolt. In fact, both parties are really holding on by the skin of their teeth trying to maintain their lock on the system. But 50 percent of voters are independent.”
Green Party presidential candidate Bill Kreml won the majority of South Carolina’s delegates to the Green Party presidential nominating convention at the state convention in Columbia Saturday. Kreml won five delegates, while Jill Stein won three.
Kreml is professor emiritus of political science at the University of South Carolina, and challenged incumbent Democrat Ernest Hollings in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in the state in 1980, taking 8.2% of the vote in a three-way race. Kreml also ran protest campaigns in the Democratic presidential primaries in South Carolina in 1992 and 2000.
Of the 14 reported state results so far, this is the first Green contest not won by Jill Stein. Stein leads the nomination race with a total of 91 delegates, followed by Kreml at 11, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry five, Kent Mesplay four, and Darryl Cherney two. Kreml and Stein are currently the only two candidates recognized by the Green Party of the United States. There are 14 candidates seeking the nomination in some capacity.
The Green Party of the United States is reminding members that the Earlybird Registration rate for the GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston is still available.
The special $100 price is available for the first 75 registrants or through Saturday, April 30; after that, the price will be $135. The convention will take place August 4-7 at the University of Houston.
With Hillary Clinton’s emergence as the likely Democratic presidential nominee, online chatter about Green Party candidate Jill Stein as a November alternative for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders is getting louder.
Myles Hoenig, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Maryland’s Seventh District, told PressTV that Stein “is a true revolutionary politician in the United States, not Sanders or [Republican Donald] Trump.” Hoenig said, “Where will Sanders’ supporters go if they won’t go to Clinton? These voters are progressive and untrusting of our political establishment. The Green Party addresses all their needs and goes much further than even Sanders on positions.”
Bill Boyarsky writes at Truthdig that Sanders’ supporters “would be welcomed by Dr. Jill Stein. The physician-activist is favored to win the Green Party presidential nomination this year after heading the party’s ticket in 2012.” Stein told Boyarsky, “The whole reason for having an independent third party that cannot be silenced is there are 25 percent of Bernie’s voters who are not going into that dark night to vote for the No. 1 cheerleader for Wal-Mart, for Wall Street, for an endless war. They are looking for another place to hang their hat.”
Inquisitr reports on Stein’s outreach to Sanders, writing that Sanders has “refused the Green Party’s courting in the past, and he says he won’t play the part of the spoiler. Still, supporters of the idea point out that the Green Party National Convention takes place in August, following the Democratic National Convention in July. On social media, many have said that superdelegates should consider that hundreds of thousands of Sanders’ supporters might demand that he accept Stein’s offer” to join a Green ticket.
Sputnik News reports that according to journalist Sam Sacks, “If Sanders lost the Democratic nomination, millions of his voters could opt out from supporting Clinton, possibly seeking another candidate.” Dave Lindorff of Op-Ed Newsalso writes about a possible Sanders spot on the Green ticket.
Sanders has said he will support the Democratic nominee.
Columnist Glenn Yu writes in The Brown Daily Herald of Brown University, “When the general election comes, [Sen. Bernie] Sanders will be gone, and again we will be forced to choose between two evils. We will have to cast ballots not for the candidate who represents our values, but for the candidate who demonstrates the most sanity. For this reason that I urge you to vote for Jill Stein, the Green party candidate, in the general election. Her campaign platform calls for many of the same things that Sanders calls for in his own campaign.”
Yu says that Stein “differs from Sanders mainly in that she is not working to win the presidency necessarily but to meaningfully check the power of the two existing parties. She is working toward revolution and a system that values viewpoints and ideas over party affiliations and corporate donors.” He also argues that because of the Electoral College system, “for most of you, your vote probably doesn’t count anyways if you vote for an establishment candidate.”
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein “is openly courting the idea of a bipartisan unity ticket,” Salon writes, asking Sen. Bernie Sanders “to consider ditching his attempt to win the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination for a real ‘revolution for people, planet and peace’ alongside Stein.”
In an open letter, Stein, “who has long called on Sanders to join forces with her in the interest of their ‘shared goals,’ wrote to Sanders over the weekend: ‘I invite you to join me in pushing the boundaries of that system to a place where revolution can truly take root.'”
On Earth Day, the Green Party of the United States sent a “message to Bernie Sanders’ supporters: Green are preparing to welcome all those who want to maintain the political revolution that Mr. Sanders’ campaign represents if Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination,” the party said in a release.
GPUS co-chair Audrey Clement said, “As Naomi Klein and others have noted, Hillary Clinton’s pro-corporate worldview and deep ties to Wall Street and Big Oil suggest that a Clinton Administration won’t be capable of taking necessary action against climate change — the global crisis of the 21st century.”
Presidential candidate Jill Stein “is offering is something called the Green New Deal, a program that would not only bring the United States towards 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2030 but would ‘create 20 million jobs by investing in renewables such as wind, solar, tidal and geothermal, as well as public transit, sustainable agriculture, conservation and energy efficiency,'” according to Red Dirt Report. That would “make ‘wars for oil obsolete,'” Stein said in an Earth Day news release.
The Greens said they “are especially encouraging ‘Bernie Or Bust’ voters to vote Green, instead of writing in Mr. Sanders’ name or refusing to vote in the general election.” Stein discussed the possibility of teaming up with Sanders on the Acronym podcast this week.