Green Party’s Stein Talks Arrest, Presidential Debates

Most people would be hard pressed to name a candidate for president other than Democrat Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney, but a handful of other people are running for the country’s top elected office, including Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president.

Stein was arrested Tuesday on the Hofstra University campus when she tried to make her way into the auditorium to get on the debate stage with Obama and Romney during the second presidential debate. On The Brian Lehrer Show, she said she met the qualifications to be part of the debate.

“When the debates were run in a legitimate public interest fashion that criteria was that you needed to be on the ballot for enough voters to mathematically be able to win the race,” she told Brian Lehrer, noting she was on ballot for 85 percent of voters.

“In poll after poll, voters are clamoring for an additional choice or more choices in this election and saying if they did have a third choice they’d seriously consider voting for a third party candidate,” Stein told Brian Lehrer.

Lehrer gave Stein an opportunity to answer some of the questions posed at the debate. You can listen to her answers in the full interview below.

Other third party candidates for president include former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who tops the Libertarian Party ticket, former Virginia Representative Virgil Goode for the Constitution Party, and even comedian Rosanne Barr for the Peace & Freedom Party.