Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on Friday pushed back against accusations that she opposes vaccines.
"I'm not anti-vax," Stein said, according to Bloomberg Politics.
The Green Party candidate said she is aware of the "critical importance" of vaccines, adding that "we need an FDA [Food and Drug Administration] which the public can trust."
Stein said there is a "smear campaign" looking to label her as an anti-vaccine candidate.
“This is the new birther campaign that’s being used against my campaign because certain people are rather worried," she said.
Stein said last month people have "real questions" about the safety of vaccines. She noted people are skeptical of vaccines because they don't trust the FDA and the government at large.
"As a medical doctor, there was a time where I looked very closely at those issues, and not all those issues were completely resolved," Stein said about potentially harmful side effects from vaccinations in an interview with The Washington Post.
"There were concerns among physicians about what the vaccination schedule meant, the toxic substances like mercury which used to be rampant in vaccines. There were real questions that needed to be addressed. I think some of them at least have been addressed. I don’t know if all of them have been addressed."
Stein also said Friday her fundraising shot up 1,000 percent when Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Overnight Defense & National Security — Lawmakers clinch deal on defense bill White House 'strongly opposes' Senate resolution to stop Saudi arms sale MORE ended his presidential campaign and endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBen Affleck: Republicans 'want to dodge the consequences for their actions' through gerrymandering Republican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema MORE.
The Green Party candidate added she is looking to get "at least a plurality" of the vote in November, calling Clinton and GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection MORE the "most disliked and untrusted candidates for president in our history."