Trump, Clinton ‘Have Not Earned Our Vote,’ says Jill Stein

Americans "are tired of a rigged political system," Green Party candidate says.

ByABC News
August 21, 2016, 11:47 AM

— -- Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said Republican Party nominee Donald Trump and Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton “have not earned our vote” for president.

“Politicians do not have a new form of entitlement," Stein told ABC's "This Week." "They are not entitled to our vote. They have to earn our votes.”

“People are being thrown under the bus and they're tired of it,” Stein said. “They're tired of a rigged economy, and they're tired of a rigged political system.”

A poll by ABC News/Washington Post this month found that 57 percent of voters are dissatisfied with the choice between Trump and Clinton. Stein polled at 4 percent in the same survey, well ahead of the one half of 1 percent of votes she won in the 2012 presidential election.

But, according to a new ABC/SSRS online poll released today, 59 percent of voters worry that casting a ballot for a third-party hopeful could cause their least-preferred candidate to win the presidency. Of the 59 percent, 35 percent said they were somewhat worried, 15 percent very worried, and 9 percent extremely worried.

Stephanopoulos pressed Stein: “What do you to say to those voters who would worry that, by voting for you, that are progressives, that are liberals, that are Democrats, that by voting for you they would actually help elect Donald Trump?”

Stein called such concerns “the politics of fear."

People are told to "vote against who you're scared of, rather than for the candidate who represents your values," she said. "What we have seen over the years is that this politics of fear actually delivered everything that we were afraid of.”

"All the reasons people were told to vote for the lesser evil, because you didn't want the offshoring of our jobs, you didn't want the massive bailouts for Wall Street. You didn't want the endless expanding wars, the attack on immigrants. That's actually what we've gotten," she said.

In contrast, Stein argued that she offers solutions that take on special interests such as Wall Street or the fossil fuel industry.

“I actually have the liberty to stand up and offer the solutions that the American people are clamoring for,” Stein said. “Democracy needs a moral compass. It needs a vision, an affirmative vision of what we are about and an agenda that we can actually put forward.”

A key part of that agenda is a plan for a “green new deal,” that would aim to combat climate change by shifting to clean, renewable energy with a promise to create 20 million new jobs in the process.

But Stein and the Green Party are still largely unheard of and in single-digit poll numbers. If they remain there, Stein will not meet the 15 percent threshold to participate in the televised presidential debates, at which she protested in 2012, leading to her arrest.

This election, Stein has written an open letter to the Trump and Clinton campaigns asking them to allow her and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson to join the debates.