Jill Stein, the 2016 presidential nominee for the Green Party, will be campaigning in Fort Collins Saturday, appearing with the Green Party’s candidate for the senate seat of Sen. Michael Bennet, D-CO.
Stein has campaigned on a similar message to Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won Colorado during the state’s democratic party primaries, and has made efforts to draw his supporters to the Greens, but faces a tough road to victory as a presidential candidate from a third party.
Stein is in favor of much stronger environmental regulations, a single-payer public health insurance plan, abolishing “corporate personhood” established in the now-infamous Citizens United vs. FEC case and a $15 minimum wage.
At Press time, Stein was polling at an average of 3.3 percent nationally according to Real Clear Politics, making her the fourth-highest polling candidate for the presidency. Gary Johnson, the libertarian candidate, is currently polling at around 9 percent.
2016 seems to be the year for third parties – Stein and Johnson combined are currently on track to take more than 10 percent of the vote. Contrast that to 2012, when Stein took just under .4 percent and Johnson received 1 percent.
Stein has repeatedly said that she does not believe that Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton are acceptable choices for president, a campaigning line she has found effective in a year when the two major party nominees have historically low approval ratings.
Stein will be at Avogadro’s Number from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday August 27th. Reservations to the event are filling up, and can be made online at Jill Stein’s campaign website.