“The biggest waste of your vote is to vote for either of the corporate political parties,” Green Party candidate Jill Stein told NBC News in a profile this week. The 65-year-old from Massachusetts is running for president on an alternative ticket to the classic two parties, and has proposed a “Green New Deal” plan to create jobs — 20 million of them, each with a living wage. “What we are calling for is an emergency transition to green energy, food and transportation, a wartime-level mobilization that will turn the tide of climate change and make the wars for oil obsolete,” Stein told NBC. “I am someone who supports things that work rather than ideology,” she told NBC. “That said, if the question is do I support people over profits, then my answer is yes. If the question is do I support economic democracy, the answer is of course.”
If it sounds similar to proposals put forth by Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who hopes to receive the Democratic Party nomination, it’s because the two share close values. “Many of my supporters are also his supporters,” she said, explaining that she’s reached out in hopes of forming a coalition but has received no response from Sanders’s team. “We’re different,” she added. “He is working inside the Democratic Party. I threw in the towel a long time ago,” Stein said.
It’s actually her second run for the White House: in 2012, she scored 469,015 votes in the general election against President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. Born in Chicago, the Harvard-taught physician raised a family while in private practice. In 1998 she took on Massachusetts “Filthy Five” coal plants with other environmental activists and ran for a string of public office positions, none of which she secured. She told NBC News that she’s not holding her breath about a big win this campaign season but that she’s also “not ruling it out.”
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