On June 22, as part of a Democracy Now exclusive, Dr. Jill Stein officially announced her campaign as a Green Party candidate for the 2016 presidential race.
"I have a people-powered campaign," Stein notes. "I am running with the only national party that does not take corporate funding." Stein, a physician and activist who first ran in 2012, outlines her platform. She joins the fray as the race for the Democratic Party nomination heats up. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, has emerged as Hillary Clinton’s main rival for the party’s nomination, as his poll ratings have surged in recent weeks. "Hillary is the Wal-Mart candidate. She has been a member of the Wal-Mart board. On jobs, on trade, on healthcare, on banks, on foreign policy, it is hard to find where we are similar."
The June 22 announcement was followed by campaign kick off event at The National Press Club in Washington D.C. on June 23, 2015: