The Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein appeared on Hofstra’s campus Sunday for an appearance on CNN and subsequent interview with The Hofstra Chronicle.
The candidate continued to state her case – not only for the presidency – but for a chance to appear on the debate stage in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex on Monday.
“Americans want an open debate,” said Stein. “Not Hillary, the symbol of business as usual, or Trump, a hate-monger.”
The nominee is polling in the low single digits, far below the threshold set by the Commission on Presidential Debates of 15 percent.
Stein spoke to a slowly-growing mob of students and media just outside of the CNN stage following her appearance. She stuck to talking points about eliminating student loan debt, climate change and creating a “fairer election.”
Stein continuously referenced the election being “rigged” in both interviews, and believed that the denial of third-party candidates is part of voter apathy in America.
“This is why 40 percent of voters are not going to come out in this election, because they will not drink the Kool-Aid of either of these parties,” Stein said. “[They are] funded by the big banks, by the fossil fuel giants, the war profiteers…the very corporate powerhouses that are driving us over the cliff.”
Stein was arrested for trying to appear at Hofstra’s 2012 debate, and she has said she plans to appear once again on campus on Monday.
Stein says she will be a part of a “people’s debate” on Monday that will offer an “open forum unlike the other candidates.” The debate will likely be near the university’s gates, however, Stein’s team wasn’t able to disclose the exact location.
After the alternate debate, Stein will try to force her way onto campus. “We will make an effort to get in…it’s not likely,” she said. “We’re looking at a police state, rather than an open debate. There will be many layers of impenetrable fences, that is a symbol of what our democracy has become.”