Jewish woman mulls second US presidential bid

Most successful female to have ever run for top office, with 0.36% in 2012, Green Party’s Dr. Jill Stein eyes 2016 election

Former US Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein. (screen capture: YouTube/GreenPartyVideos)
Former US Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein. (screen capture: YouTube/GreenPartyVideos)

An American Jewish woman has formed an exploratory committee ahead of a bid for the US presidency in 2016.

Dr. Jill Stein, an activist and physician specializing in internal medicine, is considering running for the country’s top office with the Green Party, the Boston Globe said in a report Friday.

Stein previously ran with the left-wing party in 2012 and appeared on the ballot in 36 states, winning 0.36 percent of the national vote, according to the US Federal Elections Committee. The 469,501 votes she garnered is triple the number her predecessor, Cynthia McKinney, received in 2008, making Stein the most successful female candidate to have ever run for the US presidency.

Former head of the Green Party Ralph Nader received close to 3 million votes, or 2.74% of the popular vote, in the 2000 presidential election running against Al Gore and George W. Bush, who won.

The 64-year-old mother has also run for various political offices in her home state of Massachusetts, appearing on the ballot for state governor in 2002 and 2010.

Stein was born in Chicago and attended Harvard University and Harvard Medical School. She said Friday that she would “very much like to run” after witnessing the resurgence of the conservative Republican Party in the US Congress during the 2014 mid-term elections.

“What we saw in 2014 was people starting to peel away, particularly from the Democratic Party, and that is why it was a disaster,” Stein said. “It wasn’t so much a victory for Republicans as it was a defeat for the Democrats.”

“The timing is right for another option,” she added.

Stein has advocated for the end of corporate welfare, nationalizing public utilities, repealing the Patriot Act and ending the war on drugs.

Although the Greens have no prospect of winning the presidency, Stein was not discouraged. “The Green Party is not a corporate political machine,” she said. “We do not have the special-interest money, but the upside is that we get to stand up for the American people.”

Most Popular
read more: