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Lexington's Stein Launches Green Party Presidential Bid

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A Massachusetts woman is seeking the Green Party's nomination for president, vowing to challenge President Obama from the left on jobs, foreclosures and health care.

Jill Stein, a medical doctor and former candidate for governor from Lexington, said protests like the Occupy Wall Street movement reflect a deep dissatisfaction with Obama.

Stein is proposing what she's calling a Green New Deal to provide public jobs for the unemployed. She said the party hopes to be on the ballot in 45 states.

"The jobs that it creates will build a stable, renewable energy economy that provides real national security and makes wars for oil obsolete," she said Monday.

Most recently Stein finished a distant fourth in the 2010 governor's race as a candidate for the Green/Rainbow Party.

She's not the only candidate seeking the nomination. Kent Mesplay, a Green Party leader in California, has also announced his candidacy.

Neither is well-known nationally, but Democrats are leery of a replay of 2000, when many believe Green Party candidate Ralph Nader siphoned enough votes from Al Gore to help Republican George W. Bush win.

Stein says third-party candidates put unheard-of issues into the political mainstream.

"It is a victory for us to be in this campaign, whether we get 2 percent of the vote, or 22 percent of the vote, or 52 percent of the vote," she said.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

This program aired on October 24, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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