Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is ramping up her campaign efforts by looking to the past. The longshot White House hopeful who just last week was charged criminally for her role in a carefully staged instance of vandalism is now saying she would have gone about catching America’s one-time most wanted criminal a bit differently than President Barack Obama did.
“I think assassinations … they’re against international law to start with and to that effect, I think I would not have assassinated Osama bin Laden but would have captured him and brought him to trial,” Stein said Sunday in Iowa, the Des Moines register reported.
Past polling shows that Stein’s preferred approach is right in line with what many Americans said shortly after the Sept. 11 terror attacks in New York City, on the Pentagon and in rural Pennsylvania. Back in December of 2001, about 70 percent of Americans surveyed told Gallup they would want bin Laden brought to justice and eventually sentenced in prison.
However, once it was reported that U.S. Navy SEALs carried out the high-profile assassination in Pakistani housing compound in 2011, Obama’s job approval rating soared, indicating that Americans were just fine with the notorious Al Qaida terrorist leader’s death that was live streamed to top U.S. officials watching from the Situation Room in the White House.
Stein has also called for a new investigation into the Sept. 11 terror attacks, blaming then-President George W. Bush’s administration for not doing a thorough job looking into the events that led to the worst mass killing on U.S. soil, the Hill reported.
“Led by the families of those who died on 9/11, the American people wanted — and deserved — a comprehensive and independent inquiry into the attacks,” Stein said Friday. “The Bush Administration initially said an inquiry was unnecessary, claiming that the perpetrators had been identified and their methods and motives were clear.”
She continued: “The 9/11 Commission was not given enough money, time, or access to relevant classified information.”
Stein is polling with nearly 3 percent of support among likely voters in the U.S., according to the latest survey from Real Clear Politics.