Fast Facts

Party afilliation:
Green Party

Highest office held:
Town meeting representative Lexington Massachusetts 2005-2008

Poll position:
3.2 percent

Notable quote:
“ To stand against oppression you must stand against it everywhere, not just where it is politically convenient. ”

Jill Stein

November 1, 2016

By Elizabeth Chidlow

With Election Day fast approaching, Green Party nominee Jill Stein has only seven days to leave her mark on the 2016 presidential election.

According to Democratic pollster and Fox News contributor Pat Caddell, now is the time for Stein to take advantage of Clinton’s recent drop.  

“There are many Clinton voters who would rather vote their conscience than vote for a major party,” he said. “According to the latest Breitbart/Gravis poll, when given the choice of whether you should vote for a major party candidate or vote your conscience, 44 percent of Clinton voters said you should vote your conscience.”

ABC News has also said that Clinton’s “loosely affiliated or reluctant” followers are leaning toward not voting at all, “given their sense she can win without them.” Although those are the opinions of only two sources, it is clear that Stein is quickly running out of time and needs the next few days to take the opportunity at hand.

As for the Green Party’s goal of Stein’s successor receiving federal funding, she is still at 2.3 percent. Sadly for her party, the percent has yet to increase since last week’s update when Stein began the campaign to reach five percent of the popular vote.

The next Tuesday update for Stein will be Election Day. Before then, her campaign is moving relentlessly onward to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey and Maryland. Her journey will conclude in Virginia on Nov. 6.

Stay tuned for the The New Political’s coverage of Tuesday, Nov. 8, when the countdown to who’s president and who will receive funding in the next election will be announced.

October 25, 2016

By Elizabeth Chidlow

For the third and final time, Green Party candidate Jill Stein crashed the presidential debate — not from the debate stage but from a hospital in Austin, Texas, while recovering from pneumonia.

"Emerging from two days of fabulous hospital care, I feel profoundly fortunate, and am more determined than ever to fight for health care as a human right for all Americans through an improved Medicare for all health insurance programs," Stein said in a statement Friday.

Although physically ill, Stein was still quite active online. The debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, attracted approximately 71.5 million viewers. In comparison, Stein attracted a little more than 932,000 viewers, and the live video was shared 19,700 times.

Stein has also added a new objective to the Green Party’s agenda. According to the Federal Election Commission, the nominee for the Green Party in 2020 will receive funds if Stein is able to receive at least 5 percent of the popular vote on Election Day.

hey bald eagle
stop the tradition of voting for an ego
that convinced you that they are the lesser evil#GreenPartyhttps://t.co/cmrGfL9Xeq

— atmosfish (@atmosphere) October 20, 2016

Stein and her followers are using #BreakThe2PartyTrap to gather momentum for Election Day. At the time of publication, she was polling at 2.3 percent.

She will be back Thursday on the campaign trail in Wisconsin, after canceling her Monday appearances in Washington.

October 18, 2016

By Elizabeth Chidlow

Rumors have spread throughout social media concerning whether Green Party nominee Jill Stein is endorsing Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Stein has made no official endorsement nor has she commented on the rumors, but an Oct. 13 article from Snopes labeled the rumor false.

According to the Inquisitr, her rhetoric in past interviews is allegedly causing many to believe that Trump would be her choice for the lesser of two evils. This rhetoric in question concerns a recent interview on C-SPAN. Stein stated that “on the issue of war, and nuclear weapons, and the potential of nuclear war, it’s actually Hillary’s policies, which are much scarier than Donald Trump, who does not want to go to war with Russia.”

In comparison, Stein’s rhetoric was more positive when describing Trump’s approach with Russia

“He (Donald Trump) wants to seek modes of working together with Russia, which is the root we need to follow,” Stein said. “It’s Hillary Clinton who wants to start an air war in Syria, with Russia, by declaring a no fly zone. It’s actually under her we could slide into nuclear war.”

Jill Stein is tacitly endorsing Donald Trump, you guys! https://t.co/t0bD3FpDhx

— Zach Heltzel (@zachheltzel) October 15, 2016

Although Stein has not official endorsed Trump, she has praised his foreign policy. Other individuals believe this to be a “smear campaign” to drop Stein’s poll numbers lower than her already 2.2 percent.

As the election surges forward with Wednesday’s final presidential debate before Election Day, Stein will be hosting a “Final Debate Watch Party” and a Facebook Q&A Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. The hashtag #BreakTheBlackout will be trending as Stein supporters demonstrate their support of open debates, where all “candidates who have qualified for enough state ballots to be a choice for a majority of voters” would be present.

October 11, 2016

By Elizabeth Chidlow

Many Americans only saw two candidates at the presidential debate Sunday, but to the minority, there was a third candidate: Jill Stein.

Stein held her very own debate on Sunday in a Democracy Now! special hosted by Amy Goodman. She quite literally wedged herself in-between the two presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

According to Democracy Now!, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson was also invited but did not take the offer.

“What we’re hearing, as this debate opens, is the candidates go at it about their personal histories, about Hillary’s emails, about Donald’s despicable, abusive behavior and language towards women,” Stein said. “And yes, this is all, you know, fair terrain, but it’s — it’s shameful that this has to be the focus of the discussion here. The American people have very serious issues before us, and we need to get past this debate over whether Hillary or Donald is more corrupt, who has the more offensive history.”

Along with Clinton and Trump, Stein discussed her viewpoints on the economy, taxes, Syria, ISIS, the Affordable Care Act, WikiLeaks and Trump’s “locker conversation” recording.

The hashtag #ImVoting4JillBecause also trended during the debate.

#ImVoting4JillBecause I want peace, clean energy, single payer universal healthcare, free education & fair economic policy for all.

— Alicia C Millington (@ACMillington) October 10, 2016

October 6, 2016

By Elizabeth Chidlow

Although Election Day draws nearer and nearer and her poll percentage is dropping, presidential candidate Jill Stein’s campaign has yet to relent.

Stein, according to Bloomberg, will be on the ballot this Nov. 8 in all but six states. She will not be on the Oklahoma, South Dakota, or Nevada ballots and will have to be written in on the Indiana, North Carolina and Georgia ballots.

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In a recent article by The Boston Globe, Stein said at first her family, specifically siblings, were supportive of her decision to run for president, but lately her two older sisters and younger brother are wondering why she was still running.

Stein clearly has no plans of ending her campaign any time soon. She will be in downtown Santa Barbara Oct. 8 for a rally.

According to Daily Nexus, Michael Feinstein, a California Green Party spokesman, said Stein’s visit to Santa Barbara County is significant because of the region’s environmental history. It will be an opportunity for Stein to discuss her “Green New Deal,” which is her plan to stimulate the U.S. economy and allow it to become entirely dependent on renewable energy by 2030.

When it comes to being fit enough to be president, it seems that Stein has an relentless endurance to look out for in the days to come before the election.

September 26, 2016

By Cat Hofacker

Jill Stein will not go quietly. The Green Party nominee was escorted off the Hofstra University campus after holding an “impromptu press conference” with MSNBC at 2:30 p.m. 

Stein documented her experience on Twitter using #debatenight.

We were on our way to an interview with @MSNBC when we were stopped by Hofstra security and Nassau County police just now. #debatenight pic.twitter.com/Y0fQjih47Y

— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) September 26, 2016

Two police SUVs just pulled up and @MSNBC was questioned even though they had credentials for us at Hofstra for #debatenight. pic.twitter.com/1pbcIyS80g

— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) September 26, 2016

We were immediately escorted off of the Hofstra campus after the press conference just now and told not to do any more press. #debatenight pic.twitter.com/ZFr49NPMuH

— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) September 26, 2016

At this time, it is not clear why Stein was removed from the campus, site of tonight's presidential debate. The candidate was scheduled to host a 4:30 p.m. rally with a Twitter Q&A following at 5:30.

While Stein questioned her removal on Twitter, posting she was “told not to do any more press,” she maintained that “We won’t be silenced!” in a photo with Nassau County Police Chief Canavan.

The tweet and accompanying photo were deleted minutes later, but you can view them here.

September 20, 2016

By Elizabeth Chidlow

Stein has made it quite clear her diagnosis of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and who she believes is the lesser of two evils between the Republican and Democratic nominee.

“You know, I don’t pretend to be able to do TV diagnosis, but I think the guy has a problem,” she said in a Politico interview. “The guy has a lot of problems — physical, mental, emotional, cognitive.”

She later went on to discuss examples of his illnesses, stating that his erratic personality and ever-changing opinions like the “softening” of his immigration policies are all red flags of a cognitive issues.

Nonetheless, Stein stated that it would be Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton who is the greater of the two evils.

“Donald Trump, I think, will have a lot of trouble moving things through Congress,” she said. “Hillary Clinton, on the other hand … Hillary has the potential to do a whole lot more damage, get us into more wars, faster to pass her fracking disastrous climate program, much more easily than Donald Trump could do his.”

Although Stein has been able to campaign on social media and on the road, she will not be making her case for president at the Sept. 26 presidential debate. According to CNN, Stein did not meet the polling threshold of 15 percent. She was still at 3.2 percent at the time of the deadline.

September 14, 2016

By Kayla Wood

Presidential hopeful Jill Stein took Sunday, 9/11, as an opportunity to discuss her political views, while both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton halted their campaign ads for the day.

In an interview released Sunday, Stein said she would not have assassinated Osama bin Laden. She said that rather than sending troops to kill him, she would have captured him and put him on trial.

Stein also discussed the possibility of starting a new investigation on the 9/11 attacks, saying Friday the initial one was prevented by the Bush administration. Referring to the families of victims, she said the American people deserved a more thorough inquiry than the one they received.

Sticking with her theme of discussing national threats this weekend, Stein said Tuesday in an op-ed for The Guardian that she would pardon Edward Snowden should she win the presidency. Snowden, according to Stein, was unfairly exiled.

“The fourth amendment of the constitution provides that a court must find probable cause that an individual has committed a crime before issuing a warrant, and forbids systematic spying on the American people,” Stein said in defense of Snowden.

She even said she would offer him a position in her cabinet.

In both cases, the clock is ticking for Stein. She now has less than two months to convince the country she would be the best option for president. And if she can’t, well, Snowden can forget that cabinet position.

September 6, 2016

By Kayla Wood

As a doctor, environmental activist, politician and mother, the Green Party’s 2016 presidential candidate Jill Stein has fought against the current political system since the beginning of her career.

BACKGROUND

Born on May 14, 1950, to Gladys and Joseph Stein, Jill Stein was raised in a Reform Jewish household. Stein’s ancestry on both sides of her family stems from Russian immigrants who escaped persecution in the mid-1900s. Her maternal grandparents lived in Chicago, where Stein was born. Her childhood home was in Highland Park, Illinois.

From there, she moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to attend Harvard University, from where she graduated magna cum laude in 1973. Six years later, Stein graduated from Harvard Medical School and became a practicing physician.

After college, she moved to Lexington, Massachusetts, to live with her husband Richard Rohrer, also a physician. They have two adult sons, Ben and Noah, both of whom are in medical school and residency.

POLITICAL CAREER AND TRACK RECORD

Although she is running for the U.S. presidency, Stein has only held elected office twice as a member of the Lexington Town Meeting from 2005 to 2009.

She ran for five other political offices, none of which she won, including the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2004, secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2006 and governor of Massachusetts in both 2002 and 2010. Additionally, she ran for president in 2012 on the Green Party ticket.

From 2005 to 2011, Stein was a member of the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts.

According to her website, Stein has “helped lead initiatives to fight environmental racism and injustice, to promote healthy communities, to strengthen local green economies and to revitalize democracy.”

Outside of the political office, she worked toward reforming the way campaigns are financed out of concern for how easily elected politicians were swayed by lobbyists and donors.

Stein also published two reports on environmental awareness titled “In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development” and “Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging,” which discuss the connections between health, social justice and an environmentally-conscious government.

PLATFORM

Stein’s 2016 platform, the Power to the People Plan, includes her “Green New Deal,” which encompasses reducing unemployment and ending poverty, implementing universal health care and free education, in addition to protecting the environment.

According to Stein, the primary purpose of the “Green New Deal” is to boost the national economy and create jobs before 2030 by transitioning to renewable energy.

Additional positions in her platform include raising the national minimum wage, fighting for racial justice and protecting LGBTQ rights.

Stein’s other political positions for the 2016 race include reforming the electoral process by allowing more candidates to participate in presidential debates, imposing a ban on fracking, cutting military spending and labeling GMOs in food.

Her primary support comes from former disenchanted Bernie Sanders supporters who are fed up with the current political system.

She is running with human rights activist Ajamu Baraka.

At the time of publication, Stein holds the record for most votes received by a female presidential candidate in the general election. She and the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee former Gov. Gary Johnson are making progress toward reaching the threshold needed to be invited to a presidential debate as third party candidates. The threshold, created by the Commission on Presidential Debates, is 15 percent. Stein is currently at 3.3 percent, according to RealClearPolitics.