Dr. Jill Stein got an entire hour on the The Young Turks. It is one of the best interviews I have ever seen her give. You may not want to commit an entire hour to it, at least not all at once. But her overall message is important.
Before I continue, let's be clear about this: Although I am a fervent Stein supporter, under no circumstances am I presuming that Jill will win the Green Party's nomination. The official nomination will not happen until August 2016, at the Presidential Nominating Convention, to be held at the University of Houston. Any of the other four candidates could be the nominee, or the convention might nominate nobody at all. Already, people even within the Green World are bandying about words like "coronation" to describe Jill's progress toward that nomination. It's only fair to say in that she is the only candidate who has filed for federal matching funds, as far as I know; there's a big deadline approaching that may determine whether she can get those funds.
I appreciate that Cenk Uygur was willing to challenge Jill a bit and get her to defend her positions, without playing the part of Democratic Troll, and that she was ready with the answers. (Sure, others may see the interview as pure softball, but I've seem some of those, and I find them far less entertaining, far less compelling.
Jill is not a perfect interview subject. She can benefit from decreasing her tongue-clicking and "y'know" crutch phrases. One could make a brutal drinking game out of just those, especially with a full-hour interview. But just within 2015 she has become much smoother and more adept at getting her message across.
And what is that message, you may ask? Please take a look at Jill's Plan.
Although it's not in gigantic red letters on the website, the core of Dr. Stein's Electoral Strategy is freeing the 40 million Americans from student debt bondage and making public colleges and universities tuition-free. If 40 million eligible voters vote Green just based on that, the Green nominee would be no mere footnote in the history of presidential elections, but a real contender.
Spread the word. If Bernie Sanders does not secure the Democratic nomination, his supporters are not stuck voting for Hillary Clinton, the candidate of Goldman Sachs and Walmart. They can vote Green—or, if their state does not have the Greens on the ballot, write in the Green nominee.
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