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Wednesday
Jul112012

Green Party Presidential Candidate Chooses Running Mate

Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Long-shot Green Party candidate Jill Stein has chosen her running mate: Cheri Honkala, who, Stein said, is “the nation’s leading anti-poverty advocate.”

Comedian Roseanne Barr, a Green Party candidate who lost the nomination to Stein, was considered as a running mate but didn’t make the cut.

Stein has promised to create 25 million jobs, downsize the military, legalize marijuana, end unemployment and guarantee college education for everyone.

Her new running mate is the national coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group led by poor and homeless people. She ran for sheriff in Philadelphia last year.

“Compelled by her own experience as a homeless, single mom, Honkala has spent nearly three decades working directly alongside the poor to build the movement to end poverty, and has organized tens of thousands of people to take action via marches, demonstrations and tent cities,” Stein’s campaign said in its announcement.

The Green Party’s convention starts Thursday in Baltimore.

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Wednesday
Jun062012

Here Comes the Green Party: More Jobs, Pot, No ‘Servants to Wall Street’

Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Mass.) -- Hey, America: How would you like 25 million jobs, the end of unemployment and guaranteed college education?

Those are just some of the promises made by Jill Stein, a 60-something Harvard graduate, doctor, musician and, as of Tuesday night, the Green Party’s nominee-in-waiting for president.

Stein’s path to clinching the nomination was fairly easy. Her closest opponent was Donald Trump Twitter enemy Roseanne Barr, who has only 22 percent of the party’s “delegates.” Stein has 66 percent; she said she was watching the results from Tuesday night’s primaries on her computer until 3 a.m.

The Greens’ convention is in the middle of July, in Baltimore. Tens of people are expected to show up (O.K., maybe hundreds) to officially nominate the woman who once ran against Mitt Romney in the Massachusetts race for governor.

It’s tough being a third-party candidate; they don’t get much respect from the political establishment. In the political establishment’s defense, that’s probably because third-party ideas tend to be a bit radical. Stein’s answers for providing 25 million new jobs include substantially downsizing the military, taxing financial transactions on Wall Street, and legalizing and taxing marijuana.

But she has bigger problems to tackle first: Stein, who lives in Lexington, Mass., is only on the ballot in about half the states in the country. And after the arduous task of getting on all of them, she’s got to vet a running mate.

In an interview with ABC News, Stein said she hadn’t even started thinking about a VP nominee -- and unlike mainstream candidates, she might not be lying about that. Supporters can offer input on her website, but that’s about as far as she’s gone in the process so far. Though one potential candidate sparked interest when ABC News, noting similarities between the two, brought up his name: Buddy Roemer, the quixotic former governor of Louisiana who couldn’t break through in the GOP nomination, but whose liberty-loving and anti-Big Money views overlap broadly with the Green Party.

“That’s a really interesting thought,” Stein said. “Many people have suggested that we pair up with a libertarian.”

Another benchmark will be getting into a presidential debate with President Obama and Mitt Romney -- both of whom, by the way, are “servants to Wall Street,” Stein said. It probably won’t happen -- she’d need to get 15 percent of people surveyed in public opinion polls to say they’d vote for her. Ross Perot did it in 1992, but that guy had tons of money to fund his campaign.

Stein doesn’t have much money, partly because she doesn’t accept donations from anyone who hires a lobbyist. And don’t expect any Green Party super PACs to crop up, either. Instead, Stein said, she’s hoping for a social media-type reaction to her candidacy a la the SOPA bill -- the legislation that threatened to shut down websites until Internet users rose up and e-protested. Stein wants to trigger online buzz about her campaign goals so that people (especially students and the uninsured) care enough to tell pollsters they’d vote for her.

“People are at the breaking point,” Stein said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Feb032012

Roseanne Barr to Seek the Presidency

Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC(WASHINGTON) -- Roseanne Barr, comedian and star of the hit TV series Roseanne, has filed a statement of candidacy for President of the United States with the Federal Election Commission. She will be running for the nomination of the Green Party.

“We are very happy that Roseanne has put her hat into the ring and we welcome her to the competition for the Green Party’s nomination,” party national media coordinator Scott McLarty said.

Barr, 59, is one of two candidates seeking the Green Party nomination. Jill Stein, a Massachusetts physician, is the other candidate. The party will go through a similar nominating process as Republicans and Democrats.

A series of primaries and statewide meetings will be held across the country, and the party will crown a nominee at the national convention in Baltimore, scheduled for July 12-15.

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The party will not endorse a candidate ahead of the convention. But when asked whether the party is excited about such a high profile candidate, McLarty responded with an enthusiastic “of course.”

Barr declared her intentions to run for president months ago, when appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in August.

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