(The following was originally published in the Tampa Bay Times .)
TAMPA — Upon taking the stage in Ybor City on Wednesday night, an illuminated Jill Stein looked out on the crowd in the dark and smiled.
“This is what democracy looks like,” she said to cheers from the roughly 200 people inside the historic Cuban Club theater. “Not that thing we saw the other night they call a debate.”
Stein, who is running for president under the Green Party banner, cast herself as the alternative to the two unpopular candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
“They have not earned our votes,” she said to reporters before the event. “It is a race to the bottom between the greater and the lesser evil.
“This is a perfect storm for a voter revolt,” she said.