Jill Stein Announces Green Party Run for President in 2016

Jill Stein

Jill Stein has announced that she has formed an exploratory committee to seek the Green Party’s presidential nomination in 2016. The announcement was carried live on C-SPAN at 10 AM this morning. Stein was the party’s nominee in 2012.

Prior to the announcement Stein was interviewed by Susan Saulny, Richard Coolidge and Jordyn Phelps of ABC News’ Power Players. From Yahoo News:

Prior to making the announcement, Stein sat down exclusively with “Power Players” to explain why she’s stepping forward as an alternative to the current field of likely presidential contenders that she characterizes as “corrupt and sold out.”

“What I’m doing now is practicing political medicine, which I call the mother of all illnesses,” Stein said. “If we want to fix what’s ailing us — both our health, our jobs, our foreign policy — which is generating incredible blowback … we need to fundamentally fix our democracy and the political system.”

On a quest against the current political system that she believes has been “bought and paid for by the one percent,” Stein acknowledged that she is waging an uphill battle.

That battle is particularly steep given the Green Party abstains from collecting any corporate donations, at a time when Super PACs and dark money bankroll most major political campaigns.

“What we will raise will be a drop in the ocean compared with what the Koch brothers are spending,” said Stein, who estimates that her 2012 campaign raised a total of around a million dollars. That’s compared to the $900 million that the conservative billionaire businessmen Koch brothers alone plan to spend in the 2016 cycle.

“If we as Americans allow our electoral system to be just bought and sold and that’s it, then there’s really not very much hope going forward in the future,” Stein said, defending the Green Party’s decision not to collect corporate dollars.

UPDATE: Press release from Jill Stein 2016:

At a Press Conference this morning, Dr. Jill Stein told the assembled media, guests, and a live TV audience tuning into C-Span that she is “testing the waters” and forming an exploratory committee to seek the Green Party nomination for President of the United States. More information about the exploratory committee can be found at Jill2016.com.

The declaration came just hours after Dr. Stein’s exclusive interview with ABC News made a splash on the Yahoo News homepage. (Watch the full ABC News video here.)

In her prepared remarks, Stein noted that the “demand for deep change has grown to a fevered pitch. Workers are fighting for living wages and the right to a union. Students are demanding an end to college debt that’s crippled a generation. Young people are leading the courageous Black Lives Matter movement to end police militarization and racist violence,” she said. “Momentum is growing against abusive high stakes testing that forces poor kids down the deadly school to prison pipeline. The fight is building against predatory mass incarceration. Hard-working immigrants are standing up for a humane path to citizenship, not simply a 3-year deferral of deportation. Frontline and Indigenous communities are leading the resistance to toxic fossil fuels that threaten to disrupt civilization as we know it in our lifetime.”

Stein was the Green Party’s 2012 candidate for President of the United States. She is an organizer, physician, and pioneering environmental-health advocate. She has helped lead initiatives promoting healthy communities, local green economies and stronger democracy – including campaign finance reform, green jobs, racially-just redistricting, and the cleanup of incinerators, coal plants, and toxic-pesticides.

Speaking to the potential that Dr. Stein represents to the groups traditionally tied to the Democratic Party, such as the Labor Movement, Richard Monje, a Union leader with the group Chicago and Mid-West Regional Joint Board of Workers Unite, issued the following statement:

“Jill Stein will be a voice in the electoral arena that will represent all workers and will fight for our right to unionize. As long as the Union movement allies itself with the Democratic Party only, the power of workers in general, and Unions specifically, will continue to decline.”

And Dr. Margaret Flowers, an organizer with Popular Resistance, said of Dr. Stein:

“I am glad to see that she has the energy and persistence to consider running for President again in 2016. She has great integrity, a deep understanding of the root causes of the many crises we face and the courage to challenge the system so that we can create a healthier and more sustainable society and planet.”

Also urging Dr. Stein to run for President in 2016 were Anita Rios, the 2014 Green Party nominee for Governor of Ohio, along with local recording artist Head Roc, know worldwide as the “Mayor of DC Hip Hop.” Both Rios and Head Roc spoke at the news conference today; video of their remarks will be available for the press at Jill2016.com by late Friday afternoon.

In closing, Dr. Stein told the assembled media and guests, “This is the time to come together. Solutions are in our hands. Justice is in our hands. Democracy is in our hands. Together we can create a world that works for all of us, and ensure that People, Planet and Peace will prevail. It’s in our hands.”

34 thoughts on “Jill Stein Announces Green Party Run for President in 2016

  1. Martin Passoli

    It’s pretty clear she will run, as many people expected, but if you look at the announcement she says she is testing the waters and forming an exploratory committee, so she hasn’t officially announced that she is seeking the nomination yet.

  2. paulie

    Yeah, exploratory committee is legalese for “I’m running”.

    Not necessarily. Romney was also “exploring” a run for 2016, and decided against it. Joshua Katz in the LP had an exploratory committee this year also and ended up deciding not to run.

    Exploratory committee is also political gamese for “I can’t debate other candidates for the nomination unless and until I decide to actually become a candidate.” Bob Barr played that game with the LP in 2008, and announced as an actual (rather than exploratory) candidates just as soon as the last state convention before the national convention was over.

  3. Joshua Fauver

    Good for her! If Bernie doesn’t run Independent or third party her voice is going to be needed in this election cycle! And if Bernie does happen to run in the Dem primary, then hopefully that does for her what Ron Paul running Republican did for Gary Johnson. (Which is bringing ideas into the mainstream.)

  4. Richard Winger

    When Gary Johnson and Jill Stein file their lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates this month or next month, they may need to go further and actually declare their candidacies, so as to guarantee that they have standing.

  5. Jed Ziggler Post author

    “Not necessarily. Romney was also ‘exploring’ a run for 2016, and decided against it. Joshua Katz in the LP had an exploratory committee this year also and ended up deciding not to run.”

    See, I would classify that as running, and then dropping out early on. Especially when candidates who have formed “exploratory committees” have participated in debates for major party primaries. But whatever, it seems pretty obvious she’s running.

    I agree that Stein is a great voice for the party, but I would like to see another strong voice run against her. For one it would sharpen her debate skills, and for another I’m generally against multiple candidacies, especially when the LP seems likely to nominate Gov. Johnson again. I’m biased toward fresh faces.

  6. Andy Craig

    I’ve heard mixed things about Stein from a few who had occasion to deal with her directly. Maybe I’m just biased as a non-Green, though. She never really impressed me in what I saw of her, which was mainly her debates with Johnson, but I suppose she ran a relatively solid campaign for the Greens. The assumption seems to be that the nomination is hers for the taking, which will probably help nix chatter about the Greens recruiting a big name (Sanders, Kucinich, etc.).

    Richard raises an interesting point about the CPD lawsuit. I sort of hope that’s the case, just because I want to see Gary run again and announce soon. But I thought the lawsuit was premised on Stein and Johnson’s 2012 candidacies, from which they derive whatever standing, not as their potential status as candidates for the nomination of parties which are presumably able to place them on 270+EV state ballots.

    re: exploratory committee vs declared candidacy, until a candidate formally signs and files the form to declare themselves a candidate for an office, we should respect that formality in IPR reporting. Qualifiers such as “likely” or “presumptive” should be used when appropriate when talking about the candidacy of somebody with an exploratory committee, but if we put a “X announces they’re running” headline on an exploratory com. announcement, what do we call it when they actually announce that they are a candidate?

  7. Jed Ziggler Post author

    “Qualifiers such as “likely” or “presumptive” should be used when appropriate when talking about the candidacy of somebody with an exploratory committee, but if we put a “X announces they’re running” headline on an exploratory com. announcement, what do we call it when they actually announce that they are a candidate?”

    The headlines I saw this morning when I was in a bit of a rush all said running, so that’s what I went with. I did modify the post, I prefer not to edit headlines because it’s already out there in email notifications, Twitter, etc. If need be I can, but I don’t personally think it necessary.

  8. Martin Passoli

    Death would be too harsh. How about a thousand lashes with a wet noodle and it goes on his permanent record?

  9. Martin Passoli

    OK, but it won’t be any fun if it’s not very slow and drawn out, like at least for 60 or 70 years at a minimum.

  10. Dave

    I’m still a bit bitter she beat Barr, though I can’t fault the Greens for going with a less celebrity oriented candidate. Especially after Roseanne then went out and continued her campaign on another line.

  11. Darcy G Richardson

    From Gene Debs to Norman Thomas, the Socialist Labor Party’s Edward Teichert and Eric Hass, Prohibitionist Claude Watson, Adlai Stevenson, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, Harry Browne, Ralph Nader and several others, multiple tries are the best. It shows spirit and spunk — a kind of never-say-die attitude in a world where everyone gives up far too easily. One and done, moreover, doesn’t say much about the individual’s belief in one’s own ability.

    I’m glad Jill is running again. I sincerely wish her the best of luck! Our country could do a lot worse….and probably will.

  12. Darcy G. Richardson

    Thanks, Martin. It’s the ones with relatively limited public experience and a knowledge base to match — men like Zachary Taylor in our early history and guys like George W. Bush and Barack Obama in our own time — those who succeed in their first bite at the apple, that we really have to worry about.

  13. NewFederalist

    While I don’t have many economic views in common with Dr. Stein, I also applaud her possible candidacy. I hope she is able to unite the various factions of Greens and make a case for the party.

  14. Green Party Voter

    Doctor Jill Stein, Green Party talks to a full house of Green Party supporters at the National Press Club Friday morning in Washington D.C. Hispanic American Green Party leader Anita Rios, and Green Party rapper, hip hop artist Head Roc introduced the Green Party’s Doctor Stein.

  15. Deran

    My guess is she is trying to preempt anyone further to the Left from making a serious run for POTUS.

    The Greens Keynesianism is sad malarkey. Keynesianism is predicated on capitalist growth. The opposite of what the Greens allegedly stand for. And I mean the real Greens, not the troll from Virginia.

  16. Jed Ziggler Post author

    “If any Greens are reading this thread, I’m still short of any opinions at all from Greens for my project. I’d love to have someone write about whether vaccines should be mandatory. ”

    I emailed & tweeted several, so far nothing.

  17. Jill Pyeatt

    Same here, Jed. I wrote to Howie Hawkins yesterday, but I haven’t heard from him either. I’m working on the project now.

    Thanks again for your help! I’ve had more than eighteen responses. I’ll probably do an Internet search for the Green Party and see if I can find statements there.

  18. David

    Think! There are two Green Parties in the US: Green Party USA, which truly follows the principles of the German Green Party , and there is Green Party US, which just goes around running candidates to help Republicans to win. Do a search on all the money Republicans gave to Nader when Gore ran against Bush. Read the article, by a forming member of the German Green Party, Martin Kilion, “German Green warns against Nader threat”, Consortiomnnews.com about what a real Green thinks about this so called Green Party which is, as far as I can see, really the Republican Party undercover because all they really end up doing is running off the mouth to help Republicans win.
    Just how much money is this so called green party getting from Republicans today? You can bet your ass on that.
    Just do a little research and stop be taken for a ride..

  19. Green_w_o_Adjectives

    Jill,

    Re. vaccines, there is gonna be plenty of difference of opinion on that subject. Most Greens would say “no” and the average Green position is probably “no”. However some (including myself) can imagine extreme public health situations where mandatory vaccines (for kids at school and employees at workplaces) could be an option.

  20. Green_w_o_Adjectives

    “Think! There are two Green Parties in the US: Green Party USA, which truly follows the principles of the German Green Party , and there is Green Party US, which just goes around running candidates to help Republicans to win. Do a search on all the money Republicans gave to Nader when Gore ran against Bush. Read the article, by a forming member of the German Green Party, Martin Kilion, “German Green warns against Nader threat”, Consortiomnnews.com about what a real Green thinks about this so called Green Party which is, as far as I can see, really the Republican Party undercover because all they really end up doing is running off the mouth to help Republicans win.
    Just how much money is this so called green party getting from Republicans today? You can bet your ass on that.
    Just do a little research and stop be taken for a ride..”

    I remember that article coming out. I also remember the German and European Greens putting out a statement that Kilion’s position was not their position, and that the Green Party rejected the 2 party system and the injustices that goes along with it. They encouraged American citizens to reject the duopoly and fight for real democracy.

    If you think the Green party are undercover Republicans then obviously you haven’t been to any Green meetings. Isn’t the last 7 years of Obama proof that Nader was correct in 2000 about his assessment of the Democratic party and the DLC figures in charge of it?

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. How can the lesser-evilist justification for voting Democrat be described as something other than insane?

  21. Green_w_o_Adjectives

    “My guess is she is trying to preempt anyone further to the Left from making a serious run for POTUS.

    The Greens Keynesianism is sad malarkey. Keynesianism is predicated on capitalist growth. The opposite of what the Greens allegedly stand for. And I mean the real Greens, not the troll from Virginia.”

    To some extent I share your concerns about Keynesianism and how Keynesian economics leaves oppressive structures in place. But in Stein’s defense, financial reform is not as attractive to young people as a green jobs program. When I asked Stein about banking reform she said that jobs and full employment would be the first thing on her agenda, and financial reform (which would obviously be the toughest reform to push through congress) comes afterwards. Ultimately, I think we agree that a green jobs program would require local community banks and/or investment institutions that are democratically accountable to the people.

    While financial and banking reform are regrettably obscure topics for most Americans, the need for sustainable infrastructure and meaningful jobs are not. If Stein was somehow elected president, it would be up to her to explain to the American people that in order for full employment to last, banking and financial reform are necessary.

  22. Martin Passoli

    It is absurd to believe that she could actually be elected president and the congress would not be substantially different than it is now at the same time. Any shift in public opinion and electoral dynamics that is large enough to even make her competitive much less win would also sweep in huge changes in congress. Either she knows this and just used what would be easier to get thru congress in terms of priorities as an excuse for other things she did not choose to mention or discuss, or she’s highly delusional. And I don’t believe she is that wildly delusional.

  23. Stuart Kunkle

    Is Jill Stein pro- or anti-vac? Does she see and is she willing to stand up against the vaccine industry?

  24. paulie

    STEIN: On healthcare, it is every woman and every man’s right to have complete healthcare through a Medicare-for-all plan, which is the only way that we can actually get to complete coverage. It provides comprehensive care, so that it’s not up to your boss, as the president basically validated by agreeing to relieve businesses where employers objected on religious grounds to the coverage of birth control. In fact, birth control should not be up to your employer, nor should vaccinations or blood transfusions or any other aspect of healthcare that might be objected to on religious grounds. Healthcare is a human right. We should be providing it now for everyone. It will also save us trillions of dollars over the coming decade.

    Source: Democracy Now! Expanded Second Obama-Romney 2012 debate , Oct 16, 2012

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