Getting To Know Presidential Candidate Jill Stein

Knowledge is important.  Knowing about political candidates is a good thing.  Let’s get to know a little bit about presidential candidate Jill Stein, who is trying to woo many former Bernie Sanders supporters.

  • Dr. Stein is a Harvard-educated doctor who was an instructor at Harvard Medical School and practiced medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
  • She ran for president in 2012 as the Green Party candidate.
  • In 2012, she was on 36 of the state ballots plus DC.
  • That year, she came in fourth place, earning 469,628 votes, which was less than one half of one percent of the votes cast, and no electoral college votes (in comparison, 65,915,796 people voted for President Obama).
  • She’s running for president again this year.
  • Despite the fact that she has never held a statewide or national office.
  • But not for her lack of trying:
  • In 2002, she ran to be the Governor of Massachusetts and came in third place.  76,331 people voted for her.  1,088,246 people voted for the winner, Mitt Romney, which is pretty good evidence it’s easier to become the Governor of Massachusetts than the President of the United States.
  • In 2005, she was elected as a town representative of the town of Lexington; she finished with 539 votes.  The town of Lexington has a population of 31,394 people; its town meetings are comprised of no more than 203 members, 21 of whom are elected members.
  • In 2006, she ran to be Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  She lost a two-candidate race, failing to get even 18% of the vote.
  • In 2008, Dr. Stein was re-elected as a town representative of the town of Lexington.
  • The last time the presidency was won by a non-Republican and non-Democrat, black people could legally be owned as slaves (President Fillmore in 1850 as a Whig).
  • Failed third party presidential candidates include former President Teddy Roosevelt, in 1912 (with 27.4% of the vote), and billionaire Ross Perot, in 1992 (with 18.9% of the vote) and 1998 (with 8% of the vote).
  • Dr. Stein is currently polling within the margin of error.
  • Hillary Clinton has raised nearly $375 million this election cycle for her campaign.  Donald Trump has raised nearly $100 million for his.  Jill Stein has raised less than $900,000.
  • Of all the iterations of the multiverse, there is not one in which Dr. Stein is elected President of the United States in 2016.
  • And friendly reminder that Florida, the state that tipped the presidency to W (despite Gore wining the popular vote), bringing about, among other things, the Patriot Act and the Iraq War, was decided by 537 votes (and Green Party candidate Ralph Nader earned 97,488 votes using a platform and rhetoric much like Dr. Stein currently is).
  • Now that you know more about Dr. Stein, please don’t vote for her and make it easier for Donald Trump to become PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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