On Tuesday night, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate, Cheri Honkala, were arrested while trying to gain entrance to the second presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Stein was attempting to gain access to the debate as a form of protest after not only her own party was excluded from the debate, but no third party candidates were allowed to have their voices heard at all. Third party presidential candidates were not invited to participate even though some of them, including Jill Stein and Gary Johnson, are on the ballot in most states and are mathematically capable of winning enough electoral votes to win the election.
As she was arrested outside the man gates of Hofstra University, where the debate was taking place, Stein said:
“If you have done the work to get on the ballot, if you are on the ballot and could actually win the electoral college by being on the ballot in enough states, then you deserve to be in the election and you deserve to be heard.”
Jill Stein also commented on what she regards as the illegitimate nature of the debate commission and the exclusionary nature of presidential debates in general. She claims that many key issues will be completely ignored in this and all future elections as long as third party voices continue to be left out of the national dialogue and remain uncovered by the media at large. For voters who are tired of the grip of the two major parties on our political system, her message rings true. Stein argues:
“It’s time for the American people to hear about the solutions that can really fix this problem and to hear about the candidates that they have a right to vote for.”
IVN.us will be hosting the first online presidential debate between Jill Stein and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson on Thursday, October 18, 2012.
Join the discussion Please be relevant and respectful.
Excuse my candor, but this is absolute bullshit! Anyone in agreement might want to express their feelings to the Commission on Presidential Debates. This must stop!!!
Thank god we have a perfect system
that keeps order and puts the rabble in their place --
8 hours of detention!
I look forward to hearing from her later today in the online presidential debate! Televised debates are exclusionary and I definitely understand Dr. Stein's frustration. People might pin Green party members as rowdy activists but this is a way to make a statement, no shame in that.
the last two "Presidential Debates" were no debates but shameful antics like: " I am right, you are wrong" and "No, you are wrong, and I am right" and " We are investigating...". What use is that? With todays world-wide electronic interconnect - the Entities-in-Charge for the Lybia Embassy had realtime info!
Gas prices are high 'cause there is a "gentleman's agreement" of a quasi Monopoly amoung the few (may be even just two) Gasoline Giants. I don't trust that it is possible to really know what is going on behind the scenes in most all social aspects - from Labor Unions, to Insurance Companies, to Banks, to the Investment Markets, down to even Advertising - with its deceptive practices .... sure hate to see President Obama to get another term .... and Mit Romney is in the "Ivory Tower"....
This was an issue 4 years ago, just as it was an issue 4 years before that. Not since 1992 has a third party candidate taken part of the presidential debates. Hopefully with the advent of the internet and social media, third party candidates will find alternative formats to be heard. Someone should really host an online debate... IVN FOR THE WIN!
Stunts like this seem to both help and hurt greens. On the one hand the gain greater visibility for their message but at the same time alienate more moderate voters who might not take them seriously given such spectacular tactics.
The Presidential debates used to be sponsored by the non-partisan League of Women Voters, which withdrew their sponsorship in 1987. They announced a press release that stated they withdrew due to the candidates attempting to control the format as well as devoid the debate of substance. I think this remains a huge fault in our current debate format.
Our System is Perfect --
And a grateful nation breathes a sigh of relief....
"more moderate voters" here seems
to translate into
"voters who want people to have good manners,
regardless of the outrage...."
Stein knew she was going to be arrested for attempting to enter, it was simply a way to express dissent for what the debates have become.
League of Women Anarchists, really...