Stein discusses her plans to do away with student debt, combat climate change and pay reparations to African-Americans
By Tessa Stuart, May 31st, 2016, RollingStone.com
America’s two major political parties are poised this year to pit a couple of historically disliked presidential candidates against each other. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s unfavorable ratings are bad news for both the Democrats and the Republicans — but those ratings could be another candidate’s chance to dismantle the country’s two-party system.
That’s exactly what presumptive Green Party nominee Jill Stein is counting on. Rolling Stone recently spoke to Stein about her entreaty to Bernie Sanders to join the Green Party ticket, about her plans to do away with student debt, combat climate change and pay reparations to the descendants of slaves.
You sent a letter to Bernie Sanders after the New York primary asking him to join the Green Party ticket. Did he ever respond?
No, he has not. I’m not holding my breath, but I’m not ruling it out either. The Green Party has been reaching out to him since 2011 without a response. There are a lot of commonalities in our agendas, in our views. Technically he is a political independent — or used to be, up until his recent registration as a Democrat — so we’ve long been exploring the potential for collaboration.
He has definitely not been interested, although I would mention that his brother is a member of the Green Party in the UK. But he has not responded, and has been really quite consistent in expressing disinterest in independent third parties over the last many years. After the beating that he is getting — this real, purposeful, I think, sabotage by the DNC — we’ll see if he’ll have a change of heart. I don’t know.