Politics

CNN To Host Town Hall With Green Party's Jill Stein

| by Katie Landoll
Jill Stein speaks at a Green Party-hosted town hall event.Jill Stein speaks at a Green Party-hosted town hall event.

CNN has announced an upcoming presidential candidate town hall-style meeting with Green Party presumptive nominee Dr. Jill Stein.

Stein and her presumptive running mate, Ajamu Baraka, are scheduled to speak and answer questions live on  Aug. 17 from 9-10 p.m.

Stein is currently polling in fourth place with 5 percent of votes for the November presidential election, according to CNN polls.

CNN has also hosted two town hall meetings for Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, currently third in the polls, this election season.

Stein has targeted her campaign toward left-leaning voters who are dissatisfied with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, working to capitalize on the momentum of Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign. She has reached out to voters who supported Sanders in the primary, and has even suggested a Green Party nomination of Sanders, reports Politico.

With both Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump polling with low favorability ratings, Stein, like Johnson, is trying to garner votes of those who like neither main candidate.

“If you don’t want to vote for a warmongerer or a racist billionaire, there are more options,” Stein tweeted on the day of Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton. “The political revolution will keep going.”

Stein also ran in 2012, receiving the greatest number of votes for a female presidential candidate in U.S. history, according to the Green Party’s official site.

The Green Party was founded in 1984 and has nominated a candidate for president in every general election for two decades. The party says its platform focuses on ecological sustainability, economic and social justice, and grassroots democracy.

Sources: CNN, Green Party, PoliticoCNBC / Photo credit:Wikimedia Commons

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