Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and vice presidential running mate Ajamu Baraka are set to formally introduce themselves and their political platform to the American masses Wednesday night during a town hall event televised on CNN. For many viewers it may be one of the only chances they get to learn about their proposed presidential policies straight from the source — the candidates themselves.
Several town hall watch parties have been planned at various locations around the U.S. by the Green Party, but if you can't make it to one of them and don't have access to a TV you can always watch online via CNN's live stream of the event. The event starts at 9 p.m. EDT and a free live stream can be accessed by clicking here.
Fresh off a campaign stop in Minneapolis, the Fox affiliate there reported that Stein, 66, has been busy trying to differentiate herself and her party from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton, something she and Baraka are expected to continue Wednesday night with the national audience afforded to them through the CNN event.
"I am the only presidential candidate who supports reparations," she said Tuesday while addressing black voters, a group that nationally has lent Trump just 1 percent support. Stein has also taken her fair share of shots at Clinton, who, according to the Hill, she lambasted over the former secretary of state's ongoing email scandal.
“I think the American people are owed an explanation for what happened, and why top secret information was put at risk, why the identity of secret agents were potentially put at risk,” Stein said Monday.
Baraka, who is black and has a history of working for human rights, is equally as outspoken as Stein, if not more controversial for some of his past statements, including one in which he called President Barack Obama the "Uncle Tom president."
One of Stein's more contentious assertions is that Wi-Fi may be hurting children. The retired medical doctor has also chimed in on the topics of climate change, leading some of her opponents to suggest that she was anti-science, CNN reported. Those claims, she said, were spoken "by our detractors in the political establishment, amplified by some in the media, to discredit our campaign."
Getting voters to cast ballots for the Green Party candidates may prove to be a significant uphill battle, at least in Texas, where the White House hopefuls are tied in polling with the likes of Harambe — the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla who was killed this year after a toddler fell into his enclosure — and Deez Nuts, an internet meme-turned fictional presidential candidate.