Green Party Candidate Jill Stein visits Maine

(I) Candidate Stein makes Maine visit at USM.


Green Independent Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein made campaign stops in  the Bangor and Portland areas, Wednesday.

Her message was directed at college students, with events at UMaine in Orono and USM in Portland.

While even the candidate herself admits winning the election will be a challenge, Stein  says she still sees a path forward albeit a. “steep” one.

During an interview with NEWS CENTER, she was quick to point out this has been a very different election year and anything could happen.

Stein says a key part to her success is mobilizing young people who are facing a lack of good paying jobs and high student loan debt.

Her plan to help them is to take sweeping emergency action against joblessness, climate change and use the government to get rid of college debt altogether.  

Stein also says the biggest problem she sees in Maine is a young generation without jobs that cannot pay back its loans.

She also says the state is leading the way on some issues with pushes to raise the minimum wage and legalize marijuana.

But while Stein is certain about what the country and our state need, she's less certain whether or not she can actually win the presidency.

“At this point we don't know because word is only just beginning to get out right now,”  said Stein. “Of course the usual odds are that we're not going to be sitting in the White House but might be 10%. We might be a big step forward from where we were last time and by all indicators we already are. But I wouldn't rule out some really wild unpredictable outcome."

Stein says one of her other priorities is to be part of one of the official presidential debates.

She plans to be at the one coming up on September 26th at Hofstra University, outside protesting if it comes to that. 

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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