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Presidential candidate arrested at tar sands protest

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Another arrest today as pipeline protestors in Wood County continued to try to block the building of the Trans Canada pipeline. And this arrest was a presidential candidate. Protestors were back out, interfering with Trans-Canada workers, and they had a high profile member. Doctor Jill Stein, the Green party candidate for president.

"I'm here as a mother but to my mind this was the most presidential thing I could do bring to the American people this discussion that must happen now , the sooner the better," Stein says.

"She's a real hero, she's giving a political voice of a high caliber to this campaign we're been needing," said protestor Grace Cagle.

Stein had come to deliver supplies, then joined in and was arrested for criminal trespassing.

"I went to the site to support the tar sands blockaders," she says.

Law enforcement says there are questions about protestors where they're coming from , how they are trained.

"These are people who have traveled a long way to protest this pipeline, they're not even residents here. Where are they from whose's funding them who's sending them here how are they living," says Wood County Sheriff Bill Wansley.

Stein ties fossil fuels into climate change, and believes producers like Trans-Canada must be stopped.

"The climate is at a catastrophic tipping point now is the time we can stop it," Stein says.

"What are they going to protest next," Wansley says.

Charged with criminal trespassing, Stein was released from the Wood county jail after posting 15-hundred dollars bond.

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