JORDAN CHARITON: I know people that are considering you but they have been troubled by things they hear that you haven’t been clear on or they’re confused by and now Hillary Clinton and the media are kind of smearing you a little bit. So just plain and simple yes or no do you think vaccines cause autism?
JILL STEIN: No
CHARITON: Great, cleared up.
STEIN: And I say read my book okay? I’m on the record on this in the first review of the literature that- Physicians for Social Responsibility and I co-authored a book on this. We looked at what are some of the drivers of developmental disabilities and by the way we must take care of our disabled residents and citizens and not let them and their human rights get lost in the shuffle here. They need support, they need care, they need funding and they need protection. But we were very clear when we reviewed the science looking at what might be some of the public health drivers here. Vaccines didn’t even make it into the list of things that we considered reviewing. So there you have it you can look at the evidence.
CHARITON: What you have said that has been distorted is you have an issue with deregulators. Can you just expand on that because those are two separate thoughts.
STEIN: Exactly and this is like the swift boat issue or it’s like the birther issue. This is a non-sense issue that’s intended to try to distract people. They’re trying to distract people from the real threat of our campaign which is we’re calling for an economy that works for everyday people and getting the corruption out of government. So they’re trying to distract with these rather ludicrous, concocted issues I must say that are not really…what’s front and center in the minds of the American people? The American people are really not so much thinking about vaccinations and Wi-Fi; the American people are really thinking about jobs how do I keep a roof over my head? How do I even get health care in order to get my vaccinations? How about that? So this is just a distraction campaign.
But the issue that we have called attention to is that we need to trust our regulators. And when you have cases like what happened recently with Vioxx where the FDA sat on the scientific studies. Talk about being anti-science. Suppressed scientific information on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry so that over 100,000 serious cases of heart disease developed from Vioxx before physicians and consumers knew about the dangers of Vioxx. So if the FDA has a problem that problem is their credibility. We need to stop the revolving door and we need to stop the campaign contributions. Something like 700 million in the course of just two years worth of campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry. That really biases our regulations; it biases our policy making across the board. We need to stop the revolving door and we need to get the big money out of politics so we can get the people back in.