Stein has proposed zeroing out the use of fossil fuels by 2030 and closing down all the nation’s nuclear plants. She wants to essentially guarantee a job to every American who wants one — by making a job a right — and raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, make public college tuition free and end the “war on drugs” by treating abuse as a health issue, not a criminal one. She said her initiatives would cost about $500 billion — a sum that have sparked critics to call her ideas far-fetched or even a “fairy tale campaign.” She’s downplayed her lack of experience, saying running a federal administration isn’t “rocket science.” To pay for part of her plans, Stein would break up large banks, reduce corporate subsidies and raise taxes on Wall Street companies. She would end the North American Free Trade Agreement and oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She says other savings would occur through improved health care.
Stein, 66, is running her second presidential campaign as the Green Party candidate; she ran in 2012, garnering 0.4 percent of the national vote. A native of Illinois, Stein settled in Massachusetts after graduating from Harvard University and Harvard Medical School. Her specialty is internal medicine with a focus on young adults. She became involved in environmental issues in the 1990s and, from there, politics. She’s run unsuccessfully in Massachusetts for governor twice, as well as state representative and secretary of state.