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Jill Stein smiles before announcing that she will seek the Green Party's presidential nomination, at the National Press Club, June 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Feel the Bern

Green Party candidate Jill Stein says Bernie Sanders should make a 3rd party run

June 1, 2016

Bernie Sanders has been blowing off Jill Stein for five years. No matter. The presumptive Green Party nominee still wants the 74-year-old senator from Vermont to mount a third party White House bid after Hillary Clinton officially wraps up the Democratic nomination — and she wants him to do it on the Green Party ticket. “I’m not holding my breath, but I’m not ruling it out either,” Stein told Rolling Stone in an interview. “The Green Party has been reaching out to him since 2011 without a response.” Stein acknowledges that Sanders has all but frowned upon the idea of third party candidacies in the past, but she thinks the Democratic party is sabotaging his insurgent White House bid, and once the nomination finally goes to Clinton, he might be ready to rethink his position on third party candidates. Stein believes, at heart, Sanders is an Independent and points to the fact that he only registered as a Democrat to launch his presidential bid as a sign of his true nature. Plus, she sees a glimmer of hope in the fact that Sanders’s brother is a member of the Green Party in the U.K.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally at Waterfront Park on May 18, 2016 in Vallejo, California. A day after winning the Oregon primary, Bernie Sanders is campaigning in California ahead of the state's presidential primary on June 7. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally at Waterfront Park on May 18, 2016 in Vallejo, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

What gives her even more than a glimmer of hope is the similarities of their respective political agendas, particularly on issues like the economy and student debt, which she considers her most important issue on the Green Party platform. Stein even sounds a little like Sanders, saying the nation’s student debt problem can be solved “with the stroke of a pen, basically, by the Federal Reserve, and the head of the Fed is appointed by the president. Electing a Green to the White House essentially accomplishes that cancellation of student debt, which is really important because that liberates a generation of young people who have basically been hung out to dry, and have two hands tied behind their back.”

With polls showing Clinton and Trump, the candidates who are poised to face off in the general election, historically unpopular, Stein thinks 2016 is the year America’s two-party political system can be truly disrupted — and she wants Sanders in on the action.

Read the full interview at Rolling Stone.


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