Green Party presidential candidate schedules Maine campaign stops

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. Reuters photo

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. Reuters photo

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein announced Thursday that she will come to Maine next week for a tour of college campuses.

Stein’s swing through Maine on Sept. 14 is part of a wider tour of New England college campuses and part of her long-shot presidential run. A number of polls have put Stein’s support in the low single digits, positioning her behind Libertarian Gary Johnson and “undecided.”

Stein’s college tour is being used as a showcase for her proposal to make college tuition free for all students and for loan forgiveness for young people already burdened with student debt. She will also discuss her Green New Deal to create living-wage jobs that are friendly to the environment.

Stein is scheduled to appear at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 in Orono at the University of Maine D.P. Corbett Business Building, Room 117. Later that day, at 6 p.m., she will visit the University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall in Portland. The events are free and open to the public.

Stein received about 0.36 percent of the national vote during her presidential run in 2012. She performed best in Maine and Oregon, where she tallied about 1.1 percent of the state votes, according to The Center for Public Integrity.

Christopher Cousins

About Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.