Green Party Candidate Jill Stein Visits Penn State To Woo Students

Sep 21, 2016

Jill Stein spoke in Penn State's Hub-Robeson student union to about 200 students and community members.
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Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein visited Penn State Wednesday to ask for votes and volunteers.

She talked to an audience of about 200 about her support for environmental movements, Black Lives Matter and free public education. Stein rejected the idea that voting for a third party was throwing away a vote.

“I won’t sleep well if Donald Trump gets elected. And I won’t sleep well if Hillary Clinton gets elected,” Stein said. “But we live in a democracy. We have more than two deadly choices. We can stand up for the democracy that we need.”

Penn State student Mike Hauser supports Stein, but says he might have to vote for Clinton because of his fear of a Trump presidency.

“I feel like Donald Trump is like a unique threat to our existence as a species,” Hauser said. “Hillary Clinton I find terribly offensive, but I feel like she’ll be the same as George W. Bush or Obama. So at least the world will continue for another 4 to 8 years.”

Stein invited the audience to join her at Hofstra University on Monday to protest the first presidential debate. She and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson were excluded for low polling numbers. Stein is polling at around 3 percent.