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This is a rush transcript of my August 7th interview with Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate, broadcast to Metro Philly and south NJ by WNJC 1360 AM on the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show on August 8th, 2012.

Here's the link to the audio podcast. If you want to track the audio to the transcript. 


JILL STEIN -- GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

Guest: Jill Stein

Date: August 7, 2012

Rob: And welcome to the Rob Kall Bottom up Radio Show WNJC 1360 AM, reaching Philly and New Jersey out of Washington Township. My guest tonight is Jill Stein. She's the Green Party Presidential candidate. Welcome to the show.

Jill:   Thank you so much, Rob. Great to be with you.

Rob: Yeah. Now from what I understand, you just got on the ballot in Pennsylvania.

Jill:   Yes, that's right. We did. That was our big one for last week and it was a very big one. Not an easy thing to do.

Rob: It's a really, really hard thing to do, actually and I'm amazed that you actually did it. It's a huge accomplishment and I have to tell you, frankly, that achieving it is a real indication that you've got a very solid support system working there.

Jill:   Thank you. Yes, I agree with you completely. You cannot do something like get on the ballot in Pennsylvania without having a very well organized team and a huge support system that can bring in volunteers and provide stipends and do it in the middle of an incredible heat wave and the hottest summer, I think that Pennsylvania has seen in our lifetimes. And it's no simple matter, to collect these, whatever we got--40,000, something like that. We got a lot of signatures. It's not easy to do that in the 100 degree weather on top of everything else.

Rob: And there's a history where it was not done successfully before and it was rejected. Do I recall that correctly?

Jill:   That's right. Pennsylvania is very hard to do because the signature requirement is high and because the political environment is very hostile to opposition parties and the system makes it very hard for opposition voices to be heard. That means they have a very high requirement and they throw signatures out and they will haul you in the court to try to legally challenge you and financially intimidate you with court costs against speaking out and being heard as a voice of opposition; against the outrages that are facing the everyday American now.

Rob: And my understanding is that Pennsylvania really raised the hurdle a lot higher for third party candidates than for the two corporate parties: Democrats and Republicans.

Jill:   Yes, I don't have the numbers in hand, but they're tiny. Their requirement is--I believe it's a couple of hundred or at most it might be 1,000 or 2,000. So, it's pretty small. You know, relative to what we have to get because our signatures will be thrown out. So, we've got to double the number that they require even. The playing field is so tilted. In my mind, it's like a case in point of how steeply the playing field is tilted against everyday people in trying to get jobs, in trying to have decent wages, in trying to have affordable higher education for our kids; in every way imaginable, in trying to get affordable health care. The system is really rigged against everyday people and the rigging of the political system is a reflection of that. And to my mind it's all the more reason why we have to fight and be heard.

Rob: Now, we also broadcasted from New Jersey and into New Jersey. How are you doing in New Jersey?

Jill:   Good. We have qualified also in New Jersey and it wasn't nearly as hard as Pennsylvania.

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Rob Kall is editor-in-chief, publisher and site architect of OpEdNews.com, President of Futurehealth, Inc, and an inventor. He hosts the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show, aired in the Metro Philly area on AM 1360, WNJC. Over 200 podcasts are archived for downloading here, or can be accessed from iTunes. Rob is also published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com

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Rob is, with Opednews.com the first media winner of the Pillar Award for supporting Whistleblowers and the first amendment.

See more Rob Kall articles here and, older ones, here. To learn more about Rob and OpEdNews.com, check out A Voice For Truth - ROB KALL | OM Times Magazine and this article. For Rob's work in non-political realms mostly before 2000, see his C.V..  and here's an article on the Storycon Summit Meeting he founded and organized for eight years. Press coverage in the Wall Street Journal: Party's Left Pushes for a Seat at the Table

Here is a one hour radio interview where Rob was a guest- on Envision This, and here is the transcript. 

To watch Rob having a lively conversation with John Conyers, then Chair of the House Judiciary committee, click hereWatch Rob speaking on Bottom up economics at the Occupy G8 Economic Summit, here.

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