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Stein on winning White House: “I’m not ruling it out”

12565372_1101488889891300_7799760331223898013_nThe 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.”

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Talk of Stein as possible alternative to Sanders gets louder

SteinSandersWith 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 News also writes about a possible Sanders spot on the Green ticket.

Sanders has said he will support the Democratic nominee.

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Brown University columnist urges vote for Stein

steinColumnist 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.”

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Salon: Stein reaching out to Sanders

SteinSandersGreen 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.'”

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Greens send Earth Day message to Sanders backers

ecologyOn 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.

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Stein joins UMass fossil fuel divestment protest

steinoregonGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein joined the University of Massachusetts Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign on Wednesday in the seventh day of their student action. After occupying an administration building for five days last week, the demonstration shifted to sit-ins outside the building earlier this week.

Stein also appeared on a panel, Orange, Red & Green Climate Justice, Corporate Power & the Fight for a 99% Future.

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Stein calls for slashing “dangerously bloated military budget” by at least 50%

steinpeaceIn a Tax Day statement, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein called for a massive reduction in U.S. military spending, with her campaign saying that “in addition to bankrupting us financially and morally, the inflated military budget has created a trigger-happy foreign policy, leading to disastrous military interventions and regime change. In the Middle East, this has produced failed states, mass refugee migrations, and ever-worsening terrorist threats.”

Stein said, “The best way to reign in wasteful federal spending is to slash the dangerously bloated military budget by at least 50%. … Instead of needless and destructive wars, that make us less safe not more safe, it’s time to bring our tax dollars home to rebuild America. We can build real security funding schools, creating jobs, providing universal healthcare, repairing our infrastructure and funding the transition to 100% clean renewable energy.”

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Stein to CNN: Democratic Party “fakes left,” moves right

JStein_298x262xGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein talks with CNN.com about her campaign and her differences with Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Stein said, “I think we share very similar values and visions. I just happen to be working in a party that supports those values and those visions. … I have long since thrown in the towel on the Democratic and Republican parties because they are really a front group for the one percent, for predatory banks, fossil fuel giants and war profiteers.”

CNN writes that Stein “had many positive words for the Sanders campaign but said he was constrained by a political party with a history of co-opting progressive campaigns.” She said, “The party allows progressive faces to sort of be their figurehead for a little while, but while it does that, while it sort of fakes left, the party continues to march toward the right.”

CNN notes, “The Sanders campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment on this article.”