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Published On: Sun, Jul 15th, 2012

Jill Stein, Massachusetts doctor, nominated as Green Party Presidential candidate

A doctor who ran against Mitt Romney for Massachusetts governor a decade ago won the chance to challenge him again, this time as the Green Party’s presidential nominee.

Wieland takes a video of potential Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein in the party’s regional convention Sunday afternoon. The Green Party is a national political party that aims to solve climate change immediately. It also throws much support to the Occupy movement and advocates for human rights. Wieland has been a supporter of the party for more than 10 years now. March 2012 Photo/Ardee SN

Jill Stein, an physician from Massachusetts, blasted Romney and President Barack Obama, saying both had become too dependent on donations from corporations in order to acquire office at the expense of the nation’s citizens.

“We need real public servants who listen to the people — not to the corporate lobbyists that funnel campaign checks into the big war chests,” Stein told applauding supporters at a Holiday Inn in Baltimore. “That’s what brought me to the Green Party, the only national party that is not bought and paid for by corporate money.”

“We are the 99 percent, and this is the year we take our country back,” Stein said to the crowd gathered in aconference room off the hotel’s lobby. Organizers said Saturday that about 350 people registered to attend the national convention.

The Baltimore Sun continues the report: “Voting for either Wall Street candidate gives a mandate for four more years of corporate rule.”

Stein has been running for office in Massachusetts over the past decade. In the 2002 race against Romney, she only won 3 percent of the vote.

“I entered that race in desperation as a medical doctor and a mother seeing things unraveling and the political system incapable of responding to it,” Stein said.

She says she doesn’t worry that even a marginal performance in a single state could tip the scales against Obama. Many viewed Green Party candidate Ralph Nader’s showing in Florida in 2000 as a big factor in Democrat Al Gore’s loss to Republican George W. Bush.

“You don’t get democracy by silencing the voice of the public interest,” Stein said.

Stein also made unsuccessful runs for secretary of state in 2006 and governor again in 2010.

Famous actress Roseanne Barr earned only 72 votes compared to Stein’s 193.5 delegates.

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