Green Party candidate Jill Stein running president
Jill Stein, 73, is launching her third presidential campaign, seeking the Green Party's nomination, with the potential to impact the 2024 election.
Jill Stein, 73, has made the announcement that she is launching a presidential campaign for the third time, having previously run in 2012 and 2016.
LeBeau Kpadenou, a spokesman for Stein's campaign, has confirmed that she is seeking the Green Party's nomination once again. In her campaign announcement, Stein accused Democrats of betraying their promises for working people, youth, and the climate, while also claiming that Republicans don't make such promises in the first place.
Stein, a Harvard graduate, took a backseat during the 2020 election despite receiving 1,457,216 votes and coming in fourth in 2016. This was a substantial increase in popularity compared to the 469,015 votes she garnered in 2012. She claimed 1.07 percent of the popular vote in the 2016 election, while her fellow Green Party member Howie Hawkins only gained 0.2 percent of the popular vote in 2020.
It is believed that a weak Green Party candidate may have contributed to Biden's win, while Stein, a stronger candidate based on numbers, could have detrimental effects on Biden's prospects. Biden's allies are worried that a strong third-party candidate might pull crucial votes away from the current President and make a Trump presidency more likely.
Democrats have blamed Stein for contributing to Clinton's 2016 loss against Trump, after she pulled votes from the party in key swing states including Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Stein, along with the Libertarian Party's 2016 candidate Gary Johnson, stole crucial support from Clinton in states where it mattered the most.
The latest poll shows that Biden is in trouble at 45%, as Trump inches ahead at 49%. Stein's campaign could be equally, if not more, damaging to Biden's re-election aspirations in the upcoming election, especially as support for him is wavering, according to recent polls.
As of 2017, California, a strong blue state, has elected the most Green Party members to office. Swing states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have also shown support for Green Party politicians. If Green Party voters in Wisconsin, a red state in the 2020 election, support Stein in 2024, those votes could pull key numbers away from Biden.
Stein is promising to create living-wage jobs for all Americans and an economic bill of rights which ensures the right to a job, to health care, to housing, to food, and to education. She has pledged to abolish student debt and medical debt, as well as creating a Green New Deal to fight climate collapse.
Stein said she's running for President to offer the choice of 'a party that serves the people' on the 2024 ballot, claiming the two-party system has failed. She stated that both parties are squandering trillions on the endless war machine, fueling conflict around the world while tens of millions here at home lack food, housing, and healthcare.
Stein will be joining two other independent and third-party candidates on the ballot - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Cornel West. RFK Jr. has gained a following who appreciate his outspoken anti-vaccine rhetoric and conspiracy theories. He initially ran for the Democratic nomination but announced in October he would enter the race as an independent candidate. Cornel West is a philosopher and political activist who initially said he would run for the People's Party, then switched to the Green Party and has finally decided to run as an independent.
Voters that are unsure and uninspired by the presidential race's front runners could be swayed by Stein, Kennedy, and West - which has the potential to replicate 2016's results in key swing states.