When Jill Stein launched her bid for president last year, I couldn’t help but think of the time I spent watching her run for mayor of San Francisco, a city with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.
She was a beloved figure in that city and among progressive groups.
She has been at the forefront of efforts to improve the health and education of children and adults, and she’s also made an impact on the racial justice movement.
Now, Stein is on the verge of becoming the first female major-party presidential nominee in American history.
While she’s been criticized for not meeting her own record of progressive values, Stein has been an effective campaigner.
In recent weeks, she’s made a concerted effort to raise awareness about climate change and have allies in the party talk about the economic implications of global warming.
The candidate has also been on the forefront, at times, of progressive policy, such as her push to end the death penalty.
But Stein’s campaign has been plagued by issues that are far more fundamental than a lack of money or an agenda.
There are issues that need to be resolved: How do we address the climate crisis, for example?
And how do we make sure that we can keep this nation safe, for people and for property?
There are also issues that we should be focusing on, such, how do you build a truly sustainable economy, a sustainable social safety net?
What can we do to protect and advance the rights of the LGBT community?
And so many other things.
Jill Stein, for me, is someone who is willing to take on the biggest challenges facing our country.
I think that’s something that I’ve always admired about her.
Her vision of a better future is so broad.
She’s willing to talk about all of these issues and she is willing, for instance, to work with Republicans in Congress to address the health care crisis and help the middle class.
But she also wants to make sure she’s doing something to address issues of justice and equity.
She does this by talking about the things that really matter to people, whether it’s education, job training, health care, or housing.
She talks about how people of color are underrepresented in the political process.
She also wants us to pay attention to the criminal justice system, which is broken and often unfair, and by talking to voters about the ways that we need to build the kinds of institutions that will help them move forward and create jobs and create a better life for their families.
In terms of how she’s going to fix these issues, I’m confident that she’s the right person for the job.
The problem is, I don’t think that Jill Stein is someone that I would vote for.
I just think she’s somebody who I don, for lack of a more descriptive term, think is a very dangerous person.
I am not a fan of her candidacy.
I’m a fan and a supporter of Bernie Sanders, who is a real fighter for working people.
He’s a very smart and experienced political leader.
I know that he’s going through a lot of problems.
He has a lot to work on.
But I think there are issues where I believe he can be effective.
And that includes criminal justice reform, which, again, is something that has to be addressed by Congress.
Jill is a true progressive.
She knows that people want change, and that she can change things.
I would love to see her run in 2020.
But as a lifelong Republican, I do think that there are a lot more people who would be able to support her, given her record and the fact that she has a good chance of being the Democratic nominee in 2020, particularly in California.
And the same goes for Bernie Sanders.
You have people that are going to vote for Bernie because of the issues that they care about.
So that’s why I’m voting for Jill, as a Republican, because I think she has the qualifications to be the next president.
And, I think, I’d also vote for her if I were the Republican candidate.
But in terms of who she’s supporting, I’ll probably stick with Bernie, if that’s the choice that I have.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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