Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate, Arrested At Debate Site [Video]

Video by Hofstra's student-run LI Report shows the Green Party candidate calling the event a 'mockery of democracy.'

While President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will get the red carpets rolled out for them at Hofstra University Tuesday night, Green Party candidate Jill Stein got a far chillier reception when she and her running mate were arrested near the debate site.

A video posted by LI Report, a Hofstra student news website, shows Stein being blocked by police from entering the debate. On camera, Stein called the debate itself a "mockery of Democracy."

According to the article, Stein and her running mate, Cheri Honkala, were blocked from entering because they did not have credentials.

Security at Hofstra has been even tighter than it was for the 2008 debate, given a sitting president will be on campus.

In the video, officers warn Stein and Honkala that they would be arrested if they did not move. And after they ignored those warnings, police arrested them and led them away.

According to a post on PhillyNOW, the Green Party candidates had planned to storm the event, knowing it could get them arrested.

Ridgewood Mom October 19, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I like Jill Stein's chutzpah here. Whatever her politics, it should be seen as a good thing that we see more of the broader range of perspectives that Americans actually have represented in our national political dialogue. It is a real shame, in my opinion, that Americans are essentially presented with only a binary choice of two candidates. This strikes me as a system that is almost set up to polarize Americans into encampments that are not individually thought out but end up being more tribal then anything else. I would certainly like to think that my ideas and values are a bit more nuanced then either one or the other of two packages, and to be honest I have a hard time respecting voices that aren't at least sometimes so. Perhaps if others, with views starkly different from Jill Stein's were to make the same point that she is making here, we might find common ground. A voice like Ron Paul's, for example, also ought to be heard. So should more traditional socially conservative voices that are not being spoken for in the republican party.
The Watcher October 20, 2012 at 03:57 AM
They did the same thing to Ralph Nader and he even had a ticket to sit in the audience.
Skip Jonas October 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM
+1 for Ridgewood Mom. More voices discussing the issues in an honest and civil manner is what's needed. Big money (billionaires, corporations, SuperPacs, etc) have corrupted the system - history will harshly judge the Supreme Court 'Citizens United' decision which is further threatening our democracy.
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