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.