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Stein accepts Romney invite to debate rematch

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What if we had real elections with real debates in America? 

Dr. Jill Stein, the frontrunner in the Green Party presidential primaries, has accepted an invitation by Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney to join him in nationally televised debate. Romney issued the invitation yesterday, April Fools Day, in advance of his expected victory in the Wisconsin primary.

"I'm still embarassed that Dr. Stein bested me the last time we debated," said Romney, "I'm hoping she'll give me a rematch so that the voters can see that I have some substance too. Really, I do."

Stein and Romney last faced off in the 2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial debates. Media accounts described Dr. Stein as the biggest winner of those debates, and in one case as "the only adult in the room."  See the video here.

"I am up for the challenge, and look forward to debating Mitt Romney again," said Stein, a Lexington physician and long-time advocate for Medicare for All, clean elections, and a green economy. "I will show that Romney and Obama are in lockstep with Wall Street, and out of step with the American people on health care, energy policy, corporate power, and the urgency of ending unemployment." 

The location and timing of the presidential debates is yet to be determined. In the absence of a Romney proposal, the Stein campaign has suggested Benton Harbor, Michigan, and Oakland, California. The Obama campaign has yet to issue a statement on presidential debates.

"This is a step in the right direction, a return to having a fair debate process," said Dr. Stein, referring to the 24-year monopoly on presidential debates held by the bipartisan corporate-financed Commission on Presidential Debates.

Until 1988, the non-partisan League of Women Voters sponsored most presidential debates. The League criteria included candidates who appeared on enough state ballot lines to actually win the Electoral College, and who polled at over one percent of the national vote. Dr. Stein has won the first 10 Green Party primaries and the Green Party has already secured enough ballot lines to win the presidency.

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commented 2012-07-05 23:48:08 -0400 · Flag
@Daniel I tried requesting NPR to do a story on her. I haven’t heard anything yet… but, I wouldn’t be surprised if I somehow missed them talking about her making history?!
commented 2012-07-05 23:36:59 -0400 · Flag
@Daniel in the next week at the Green Party National Convention we will be live streaming and holding press conferences so we anticipate some coverage.
commented 2012-07-05 15:25:38 -0400 · Flag
It may be a good time to get Jill Stein in the news. Most people don’t even know that Jill Stein is a presidential candidate let alone anything about her. Yahoo says nothing.
commented 2012-04-03 13:43:31 -0400 · Flag
This is going to be epic. I can’t wait for Jill Stein to crush Romney in the debate.
commented 2012-04-02 23:43:25 -0400 · Flag
So, this WAS a joke? There was no invite? I have a pretty good sense of humor, but if it was a joke, I have to admit, I don’t think it was very funny … Maybe you should have a “Joke page” so we can all laugh at the get go …
commented 2012-04-02 20:39:16 -0400 · Flag
That was a great video… It’s amazing at how forward looking her ideas were.

Someone should do an edited version for Youtube.
commented 2012-04-02 19:01:22 -0400 · Flag
You wouldn’t believe how many people were taken in, nonetheless. We had to make it a little obvious, so that we didn’t get people too mad at us.
commented 2012-04-02 17:10:02 -0400 · Flag
Somewhere I imagine a bunch of people on Romney’s staff scuttling about “Did Mitt say that?” “He said what?” “Did Santorum put that out?” “Damage control, damage control”
commented 2012-04-02 17:09:46 -0400 · Flag
Somewhere I imagine a bunch of people on Romney’s staff scuttling about “Did Mitt say that?” “He said what?” “Did Santorum put that out?” “Damage control, damage control”
commented 2012-04-02 16:48:44 -0400 · Flag
I have always been a fan of debates! The fact that the debates have that 15% rule means that I only watch the C-SPAN third party alternative debates. I wish the debates will be open to all candidates who will be on the ballot in enough states, which recently mean the two major parties and the Big Three third parties.

I haven’t seen any polls ask for Jill Stein in a hypothetical three way race. Several polls have been taken with various candidates getting anywhere from 1-27%.
commented 2012-04-02 14:24:40 -0400 · Flag
Mitt Romney (aka Mitt Rmoney) is afraid to face off with Jill Stein again. It’s bad enough being called a “vulture capitalist” by fellow Republicans, like Perry and Gingrich, but Dr. Stein is too formidable an opponent. After all, she has truth and justice on her side. And Obama is trembling in his boots at the thought of a Green Revolution, being embodied by a courageous woman doctor with integrity, intelligence, and wisdom.
commented 2012-04-02 14:03:21 -0400 · Flag
WHEN WHEN WHEN???
commented 2012-04-02 14:01:36 -0400 · Flag
Kick his butt Jill!
commented 2012-04-02 14:01:12 -0400 · Flag
Love it! Kick his butt Jill!
commented 2012-04-02 13:47:03 -0400 · Flag
Seems to me Romney would be hard pressed to back down – he would have to say it was a “joke”, in which case he would have to explain why he was “joking” …

The fact that he acknowledged her presence in the race indicates he sees her as a potential “threat” to Obama and wants to encourage that – an indication from the “outside” that she is making inroads …

The Obama campaign would have fits – they need to maintain the perception that progs have "nowhere else to go …

This should be interesting – I hope his “invitation” is on tape …
commented 2012-04-02 13:30:36 -0400 · Flag
Yes, it was April Fools. But we will be organizing to demand real debates.
published this page in News 2012-04-02 12:37:58 -0400