We know what Howard Dean and other prominent Democrats think about Occupy Wall Street, but what about Republican presidential hopefuls?
Pizza magnate Herman Cain, who has recently been experiencing a surge in the polls, has a less-than-rosy view of the protesters who have been calling for greater economic justice since Sept. 17. Sitting down with the Wall Street Journal Wednesday, Cain said,
I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself! […] It is not someone’s fault if they succeeded, it is someone’s fault if they failed.
He continued to voice his contempt for the protesters in an interview with the Associated Press:
When asked about the thousands of people that have been protesting in lower Manhattan, Cain said, “They’re basically saying that somehow the government is supposed to take from those that have succeeded and give to those who want to protest. He added: “That’s not the way America was built.”
Cain said people should instead protest the White House and President Barack Obama because the president has not created jobs. Bankers and others on Wall Street have created jobs, he said.
“They’re protesting in the wrong place,” Cain said. “I’m not sure I know why they’re there. If they’re there because they are jealous of Wall Street and bankers and people who have succeeded, then they’re there for the wrong reasons. This country is based on people who achieve their dreams and work.”
He added that the protesters “should go figure out what America is all about.”
Based on these statements, one can only guess what kind of banking regulations and jobs plan Cain would implement if he makes it to the White House.