Jill Stein Pulls Obama From The Left

By Sarah Birnbaum

Oct. 24, 2011

BOSTON — Bay State resident Jill Stein is seeking the Green Party's nomination for president of the United States. The Lexington physician and former candidate for governor is hoping to tap into voter disenchantment on the left.

Kicking off her campaign on the steps of the State House, Stein said President Barack Obama has outrageously betrayed his base.

  She laid into him, criticizing his  handling of the wars, his willingness to cut social security and Medicare benefits during debt-ceiling talks and his decision to scrap stricter smog regulations.

"We do not want to give a mandate to four more years of the Bush-Obama recession. Of the Bush-Obama expanding war plan. The Bush-Obama health care disaster."

  Stein hopes to be on the ballot in at least 45 states. The Green party will choose a nominee at its convention next summer. The only other candidate so far is Dr. Kent Mesplay, a Green Party leader in California. 

  Marc Landy, a political science professor at Boston College, says Stein won’t win, but she could get some traction and even pull votes away from Obama in states like Oregon and Wisconsin, where he says there’s a strong left wing to the Democratic party.

  "I would think that the radical left who still want to be in the electoral process might well rally around her. She’s not the worst candidate in the world," Landy said.

  But others say Stein doesn’t have the name recognition to pose a real threat to Obama.  Meanwhile, consumer advocate Ralph Nader and scholar Cornel West have been looking for someone to mount a primary challenge to Obama from within the democratic party. So far, no one has stepped forward.    

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