Stein said both the Democratic and Republican parties’ interests are aligned with the interests of Wall Street and major corporations.
“We’re supposed to go and give them a mandate for four more years of Wall Street rule?” Stein asked.
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Stein said that funding cuts and tuition hikes at colleges and universities across the U.S. is crippling students with debt. She said that students struggling to find jobs after graduation deserved to be bailed out of debt, and not major financial institutions.
“Where do you see the issues of young people in the agendas of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney?” Stein asked. “It’s nowhere to be found. Students are on the firing line.”
Stein pushed her idea of a Green New Deal, which is modeled after the New Deal in the Great Depression and would invest heavily in infrastructure and renewable and clean energy projects aimed to ween the U.S. off its oil dependency. She said the country also needs to focus on locally produced, organic foods that would end the “fossil fuel food system.”
“We did this in the Great Depression,” Stein said. “The Green New Deal sort of unifies the direction we need to go.”
Stein also criticized the American use of military in foreign policy, and said it has made the U.S. reviled among citizens of countries that have been subject to drone strikes, such as Yemen or Pakistan.