Green Party’s presidential candidate working to get on Pa. ballot

An environmental health expert from Massachusetts who wants to be president and change the culture of “politics as usual” stopped in Philadelphia today.

Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein said she hopes to benefit from the frustrations many Americans feel — including those of voters who backed President Obama but now feel disappointed.

“I come out of the medical profession and people ask me what kind of medicine I’m practicing now,” she said. “I say I’m practicing political medicine because it’s the mother of all illnesses!”

Stein, who said she wants to see a political system that serves the public’s interest, said she believes Pennsylvania voters deserve a choice that’s different from the political establishment.

“We are in the process of conducting the petition drive to be on the ballot in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is one of the more difficult states, actually, for alternative parties to get on the ballot,” Stein said. “In some states, it’s 2,000 signatures that are required. In this state, it’s 20,000.”

Stein and the Green Party also are circulating petitions in Delaware right now. They plan to do so later in New Jersey.

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