Statement

Jill Stein, together with Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, is one of two Third Party candidates for the U.S. Presidential Elections (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...) who have obtained enough ballot access to theoretically win the presidency. 

Stein is a physician, activist, and politician. She is currently the Green Party's presumptive nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election. Stein was the nominee of the Green Party for President of the United States in 2012, and was twice a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, in 2002 and 2010.

Stein proposes to “Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights. End the wars and drone attacks, cut military spending by at least 50% and close the 700+ foreign military bases that are turning our republic into a bankrupt empire. Stop U.S. support and arms sales to human rights abusers, and lead on global nuclear disarmament.”

She wants to replace the lost military jobs “with jobs in renewable energy, transportation and green infrastructure development.” She wants to “restore the National Guard as the centerpiece of our defense”.

Stein has argued that the United States “helped foment” a coup in Ukraine. She maintains that Ukraine should be neutral and that the United States should not arm Ukraine. Regarding disputes in the South China Sea, Stein has said that “it is wrongheaded for [the United States] to deal with territorial rights on the borders of China.” Stein has claimed that the United States “pursued a policy of basically encircling Russia – including the threat of nukes and drones and so on.” On the subject of NATO, Stein tweeted, “Who exactly is NATO fighting? ...Other than enemies we invent to give the weapons industry a reason to sell more stuff.”

Stein has been highly critical of Israel, accusing the Israeli government of “apartheid, assassination, illegal settlements, blockades, building of nuclear bombs, indefinite detention, collective punishment, and defiance of international law.” Stein supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. She has called Benjamin Netanyahu a “war criminal”.

Having initially spoken in favor of the UK leaving the European Union in her official statement on the referendum outcome, Stein later changed her official statement (without indicating so on her website), saying “Before the Brexit vote I agreed with Jeremy Corbyn, Caroline Lucas and the UK Greens who supported staying in the EU but working to fix it.”

Stein calls for pardoning Edward Snowden, and has said that she will put him on her Cabinet if elected President.

When asked if she considered President Obama a war criminal, Stein responded, “Do I think he has violated international law? Good lord, yes!”

In 2012, Stein favored maintaining current levels of international aid spending. Stein proposes to make the United States transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030. She proposes to “Lead on a global treaty to halt climate change. End destructive energy extraction: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, and uranium mines. Protect our public lands, water supplies, biological diversity, parks, and pollinators. Label GMOs, and put a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides until they are proven safe. Protect the rights of future generations.”

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