Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein visited California State University Los Angeles Wednesday, hoping to attract more millennial voters.
"It's time to ensure not only that we bail out the students for the debt going backwards," said Stein. "But that we make public higher education free as it should be."
Some students are considering third party candidates because they believe the major candidates are not appealing to what students care about.
"We had other issues that were not addressed like higher education debt, loans that college students are into," said Marcos Montes, a student at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA). "We wish things like that would have been addressed just to make that more appealing to college students."
CSULA political science professor Gar Culbert explained that as the two bigger candidates are pushing out policies that catered to the greater America, which is formed majorly by the older generation, it prompts the young millennials to look towards third party candidates who address issues that students can resonate with.
"We're really seeing the cracks in the two-party system, and the two-party-system has presented Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as our only viable candidates, and I don't believe in those candidates," said Jose Trinidad Castaneda, a CSULA student and a supporter of Stein. "I'm deeply concerned if either of those two candidates are elected."
Culbert stressed the failure of political dialogue in the United States, in which people can not sense the nuance between Trump and Clinton. Therefore, some students see third party candidates as an alternative option.
"For millennials that now have access to the Internet, I can see both sides, I can see where are they saying truth and where are they saying misinformation," said Anthony Cesaril, a CSULA student and an independent voter. "It helps [students] be better informed and say that 'hey, out of everyone in the country, are these really the two best people that we have for president?'"
However, some students are also concerned that third party candidates like Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson could change the outcome of the election.
"In theory, given the voting system that we have right now, a third party system can prove to be somewhat problematic," said Cesaril. "The issue with third-party system is that they hurt the party that they most closely resemble, and they help the party that they are least similar to."
"It's not that I completely disagree with third parties," said Christina Munoz, a democrat supporting Hillary Clinton. "Sometimes I feel in certain elections, they can hinder things and change the outcome of how they would have been."
Munoz said she was unhappy that Ralph Nader ran for President of the United States in 2000 as a third party candidate, which resulted in the election of George W. Bush.
"I think they're too small of an impact, but yet, big enough," said Munoz. "They take away votes enough, but they're not winning, so that's the problem in my opinion."