Police arrested Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running-mate, Cheri Honkala, after they tried to enter the site of last night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University. Stein’s campaign website says that local police arrested the presidential candidate and her vice-presidential nominee when they tried to enter the grounds of Hofstra University, in Hempstead NY. The two were protesting against the exclusion of all but the two major political parties from taking part in the debate.
The Long Island Report observed, “Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president, along with her running-mate Cheri Honkala, attempted to gain access to the debate hall. Hofstra representatives denied Stein entrance to the campus because she didn’t have credentials”. Eventually police barricaded the entrance. Stein told the police and crowd that gathered to watch her demonstration, “If you’ve done the work to get on the ballot, if you’re 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”.
A video posted on YouTube shows police officers ushering Stein and Honkala away after they apparently tried to stage a sit-in. The arrest came after an announcement by the Green Party that the candidates would make an “Occupy the Commission on Presidential Debates” action on the night of the debate. Stein told The Philadelphia Weekly by phone as she headed to the debate site, “This is a great day for democracy. It’s a great day for the politics of courage”. She said they attempted their performance because fighting the exclusion of this debate is a “push-back against the stranglehold of the economic élite… and, especially, of this forum”.
The candidates claim that the Commission on Presidential Debates is an unfair entity formed by Democratic and Republican leaders designed to exclude any opposition. Jill Stein is the Green Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election. A Harvard-educated physician, she also stood for election for Governor of Massachusetts in both 2002 and 2010. A staple of her campaign is the “Green New Deal“, a plan to recharge the USA by giving “every American willing and able to work” a job on renewable energy projects in the country. American leftist icon Noam Chomsky, and acclaimed journalist and harsh critic of unregulated capitalism Chris Hedges back her candidacy.
17 October 2012
Voice of Russia World Service
If anything like this had happened during the Russian or Belarusian elections, the American media would be caterwauling… as would Foggy Bottom and Langley. However, it didn’t happen in Russia or Belarus… it happened in the USA. The American media was silent. None dare call it complicity, cowardice, and selling-out. It DOES put a new face on Willard Romney’s boasts and threats, doesn’t it?