Vowing to end joblessness in the United States while stopping Wall Street’s rampant looting of Main Street, Dr. Jill Stein will declare her candidacy for the Green Party’s presidential nomination on Monday on the steps of the State House in Boston.
A longtime activist, physician and pioneering health-advocate, the 61-year-old Stein stated in a media advisory that her campaign for the White House will focus on a “Green New Deal” to jump-start the nation’s sluggish economy and provide public-sector jobs for millions of unemployed citizens while seeking “to reverse the growing concentration of power and wealth in the hands of the top 1%.”
Stein, who polled more than 76,000 votes, or 3.5 percent, in a spirited 2002 race for governor of Massachusetts against current GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney and Democrat Shannon O’Brien, accused President Obama of betraying millions of progressive voters who supported him in 2008 by continuing the policies of George W. Bush, most notably by escalating the war in Afghanistan and extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy.
Stein also faulted the Democratic President for ignoring the nation’s jobs crisis for most of his term and failing to take action on climate change.
A sharp critic of “Romneycare” — the model for President Obama’s controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the Harvard-educated doctor wants to make health care a universal right and favors an expanded and robust single-payer Medicare for All program “as the only financially affordable path to quality health care for all.”
Stein, who hopes to qualify for presidential primary matching funds, expects to qualify for the ballot in at least forty states next fall as the Green Party‘s nominee.