Friday, August 19, 2016

OPEN THE DEBATES!!! - While polls show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are among the least popular major-party candidates to ever run for the White House, it appears no third-party candidates will be invited to take part in the first presidential debate next month. The debates are organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties. Under the commission’s rules, candidates will only be invited if they are polling at 15 percent in five national surveys. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein have both witnessed recent surges in support, but neither have crossed the 15 percent threshold. More than 12,000 people have signed a petition organized by RootsAction calling for a four-way presidential debate. We speak to Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein. Four years ago she was arrested outside a presidential debate protesting her exclusion from the event.

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Jill Ellen Stein (born May 14, 1950) is an American physician, activist, and politician. She is currently the Green Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election.[1][2][3] Stein was the presidential nominee of the Green Party in 2012,[4] in which she received 469,501 votes (0.4%).[5] She has also twice been a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts—in 2002 and 2010.[6][7][8]
Photo by Paul Stein -Jill Stein speaking at the Occupy Wall Street S17 demonstration on Bowling Green, Lower Manhattan, New York.

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