Green party candidate campaigns at UH
October 8, 2012
Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein, visited UH on Thursday — the first stop in a long weekend tour through different universities, radio stations and fundraisers in Houston and San Antonio.
“I go where the (Green) party is organized and growing in the country,” said Stein on why she came to Texas. “What I hear from people out there on the streets is they’re not feeling so good on how things are (in the government).”
While Stein was originally supposed to host a meet-and-greet at the University Center Satellite at 11:30 a.m., her visit was delayed. The meet-and-greet was eventually held briefly at about 12:45 p.m.
Stein proceeded to speak to classrooms, discussing Wednesday’s presidential debates, and how she believed both President Barack Obama and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney failed to discuss education and college tuition.
After speaking, she turned the classes over to questions. Students not only asked about her personal policies on the economy, the environment, and the War on Terror, but also the Green Party’s policies.
Some students, like economics sophomore John Burton, were not impressed with her answers.
“She has some good ideas generally, but she tends to not really get down some specifics as much as wind around the question — sometimes when it’s asked directly,” Burton said.
Others, like mathematics freshman Paul O’Brien, also felt that she was not direct.
“I think as a person, at least as a candidate, she needs to examine each part of what she’s fighting for,” said O’Brien.
According to Stein, she would be in San Antonio on Saturday and return to Houston on Sunday to host a fundraising event and appear on a radio station — KPFT 90.1 FM.