Mass. gubernatorial debate to include Green Jill Stein and be broadcast nationally on CNN tonight

The debates will also include independent Tim Cahill.  From the Stein campaign:

Watch Green-Rainbow Party candidate for governor, Dr. Jill Stein, join her 3 opponents in the Boston Media Consortium’s first major debate. The media consortium, made up of The Boston Globe, WCVB-TV, WHDH-TV, WGBH-TV, NECN, and WBUR, has re-invited Dr. Stein after a lot of citizen outrage when they tried to exclude her because she had not raised $100,000, even though their criteria had given her until October 1st to do so.

The debate will be aired from 7 to 8pm — nationally on CNN as well as locally on WGBH, The Boston Channel, WHDH/7, NECN, other local TV and radio stations, and online.

Have some friends over for a potluck or some popcorn, and see why Jill Stein’s participation in these debates is vital if we want ordinary people represented in the democratic process. The consortium’s financial criteria are a viciously anti-democratic statement, going far beyond the high hurdles set by the election laws of the Commonwealth of 10,000 certified signatures to get on the ballot.

In addition to watching the debates, please sign this petition to demand that all ballot-qualified candidates be included in all debates, and go to JillStein.org to track the fundraising thermometer and to DONATE to Jill’s campaign. The Friday deadline for qualifying contributions is fast-approaching, and if they can reach the $125,000 threshold, we can have a fully-funded campaign for justice, sanity, and sustainability in the governor’s race. This is the only real way to ensure that Stein’s voice, and the voices of We, The People, are included in these debates that are critical to our future.

8 thoughts on “Mass. gubernatorial debate to include Green Jill Stein and be broadcast nationally on CNN tonight

  1. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    Apologies in advance for all the e-mails, but things are really taking off for our campaign right now, and we want to keep everyone posted on all the latest developments.

    First of all, thanks to the hard work of all our supporters and donors, tonight I will be appearing in the first major “media consortium” televised debate!

    Please tune in at 7 p.m. to see how our ideas for taking the commonwealth in a new direction stack up against those of the Beacon Hill Boys’ Club.

    In the Boston area, you can watch the debate on WGBH (Channel 2), WCVB (Channel 5), NECN, WHDH (Channel 7), or listen on WGBH (89.7 FM) and WBUR (90.9 FM).

    Many of you know that my participation in the next big debate, scheduled for October 26th, depends on our ability to raise $100,000 before October 1st. Leaving aside what this says about the state of our democracy (and it says a whole lot), our supporters are rallying and we are now just $10,000 short of that goal.

    The latest Suffolk poll shows that support for the major candidates is incredibly weak when you dig into the data, with a whopping 59% of voters undecided.

  2. Ross Levin Post author

    I donated $5 to Stein’s campaign tonight. This is probably the biggest Green appearance/media event/thing of the year and she’s getting closer and closer to raising the $100,000 necessary to participate in other debates, and the $125,000 necessary to get matching funding from the state.

    Plus, if you donate at http://www.democracydays.com for the next $500 in donations, a donor has agreed to match it.

  3. Ross Levin Post author

    Actually, I’ve been watching CNN for 45 torturous minutes and they’ve only shown about 12 seconds of the debate. And even that was just their anchor talking.

  4. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    Dear friends and supporters,

    We have just 48 hours to ensure our place in the debates, and to meet the threshold for state funding. If we can raise $30,000 by 3 pm on Friday, September 24, we can qualify for $125,000 in state matching funds, and bring the full power of our call for a healthy, peaceful, secure green future into this election. Please make a contribution to our campaign right now, and then forward this message as far and wide as you can.

    As you know, this campaign is pointing our state and the country in an entirely new direction. While the other candidates are gambling on casinos as the best path to job creation, I have laid out the fallacy of that approach and pointed to community-based green jobs – like weatherizing our homes, expanding healthy, local agriculture, building alternative energy infrastructure and more – as a win-win for putting people back to work, reducing energy costs and improving our health.

    I’m the only candidate who opposes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the loss to our state of $9 million in federal tax dollars each day for war spending.

    [Lake: HEY, HEY, HEY, according to Massachusetts high profile Lib leader Doctor/ PhD George Phillies, it is only the Libertarians that are the peace party!]

  5. Jack

    I have to say Jill is a very interesting candidate and cognizant of the social issues affecting many of us. Unfortunately she appears to be more concerned with issues that effect a limited constituency. Although Mass. is a small state, it’s a hell of a lot bigger than Cambridge. Jill, you need to move forty to fifty miles west of Boston before you can understand. Most people that have lived outside of utopia (Cambridge) will understand this.

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