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CNN Green Party Town Hall: Stein Says Clinton 'Too Big to Jail'

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Dr. Jill Stein pictured at the Asian American Journalists Association and APIAVote 2016 Presidential Election Forum at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV on August 12, 2016. (Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch/IPX via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 18 Aug 2016 01:25 PM

In CNN's Green Party Town Hall on Wednesday, presidential candidate Jill Stein charged that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton nor Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump should be in the White House.

The left-leaning Green Party nominee was looking for a breakout moment in the town hall, with Real Clear Politics' latest poll average putting the Stein ticket at 3.1 percent nationally. CNN's Poll of Polls had the Green Party candidates at 5 percent as of Monday.

CNN reported that Stein strongly attacked Hillary Clinton while trying to court supporters of her former political rival, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"I do have serious questions about Hillary's judgment, her safeguarding of national security information and above all, her trustworthiness in the job where she will have her finger on the button," Stein said doing the town hall, pointing Clinton's investigation by the FBI. She added that Clinton was "too big to jail."

"I have serious concerns about Hillary. That's why I'm in this race – to provide an alternative," she said.

Stein called Clinton "pro-war" and said that because of that, she could not be a feminist, noted CNN.

"The war effort that Hillary has especially been the engine behind ... To my mind, that's just not compatible with what my view of feminism is, that has a responsibility, not just to your own family, but to all families and to the human family," Stein told the town hall.

Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka doubled down on calling President Barack Obama, the nation's first African-American president, an "Uncle Tom," an offensive term for many in the black community. Baraka explained during the town hall that he did it to force people to take a closer look at Obama's policies.

"Well, it's not good to be Uncle Tom," Baraka said during the CNN meeting, noted The Washington Post. "There's no good Tom, none of that. What I wanted to do was basically to tell people who had — who still had this hope in Barack Obama, that if we were concerned and serious about how we could displace white power, we had to demystify the policies and the positions of this individual."

"So that was how it got framed, to sort of shock people into a more critical look at this individual. And that's how I did it. And I stand by that, even though it sounds very inflammatory and provocative, and probably very strange to this massive audience here tonight," he added.

Stein also attempted to clarify questions about her alleged stance against vaccinations, coming up with a clearer response later in the town hall, wrote The Washington Post.

"When I was practicing and following issues around immunization, which I am not now, there were concerns at the time about the mercury dose in vaccines and how kids might be loaded up in a way related to that schedule and the presence of thimerosal in the vaccines," Stein said.

"That's what I was referring to, that there were legitimate questions at that time. But I understand those — you know, the thimerosal has been taken out of the vaccines, anything that would be given to a child, and it's no longer an issue."

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In CNN's Green Party Town Hall on Wednesday, presidential candidate Jill Stein charged that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton nor Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump should be in the White House.
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