BALTIMORE — A doctor who ran against Mitt Romney for Massachusetts governor a decade ago won on Saturday the chance to challenge him again, this time as the Green Party's presidential nominee.
Jill Stein, an internist from Lexington, Mass., blasted both Romney and President Barack Obama, saying both had become too dependent on donations from corporations to get into 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."
Stein acknowledged that her candidacy is a very long shot. Still, she said a growing number of people are expressing frustration with the two major political parties, and she cited the Occupy Wall Street movement as an example of that.
"We are in it to win it, but we're also in it to build it, and those are both wins in my book," said Stein, 62, in an interview before her acceptance speech.
Stein won 193.5 delegates, compared to 72 for comedian Roseanne Barr, who did not attend.
Stein hopes the party will qualify in at least 40 states, but the total currently stands at 21.