Environmental activist Jill Stein, of Lexington, is launching one other long-shot bid for the presidency as a Green Party candidate, bringing again reminiscences of 2016, when her bid could have contributed to Republican Donald Trump’s razor-thin victory.
The 73-year-old Stein mentioned in a video asserting her 2024 candidacy on Thursday that the present political system is “broken.”
“I’m running for president to offer that choice for the people outside of the failed two-party system,” mentioned Stein, a doctor from Massachusetts.
The rise of third-party and impartial candidates has sparked issues amongst each Democratic and Republican occasion officers forward of the 2024 presidential election. Both of the main events’ most certainly nominees — President Joe Biden and former President Trump — are terribly unpopular. But Stein’s candidacy, contemplating her hard-left platform, may current a selected problem for Biden.
Stein ran in opposition to Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 as a Green Party candidate and acquired about 1% of the nationwide vote. Some Democrats mentioned her candidacy siphoned votes away from Clinton and helped Trump win, notably in states like Wisconsin. She additionally ran for president in 2012.
Stein, who’s Jewish, has lengthy accused Israel of committing battle crimes and mentioned the U.S. must cease sending assist to the nation. On Thursday, she referred to as for an investigation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s navy marketing campaign in Gaza and the function performed by Biden and different U.S. leaders in serving to the nation when it declared battle on Hamas after the Oct. 7 shock assault on Israel that killed at the very least 1,400 individuals.
According to a brand new ballot from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, practically half of Democrats disapprove of how Biden is dealing with the Israel-Hamas battle. The ballot discovered 50% of Democrats approve of how Biden has navigated the battle whereas 46% disapprove — and the 2 teams diverge considerably of their views of U.S. assist for Israel.
Stein has by no means gained statewide or nationwide political workplace.
She was criticized for attending a 2015 dinner in Moscow sponsored by Russian tv community RT and sitting on the similar desk as Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose nation has invaded neighboring Ukraine.
Stein has mentioned she attended “with a message of Middle East peace, diplomacy and cooperation.”