Republican presidential contender Herman Cain, who is surging in the polls, has perhaps been the toughest critic of the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon in recent days, railing against it in interviews and speeches and rejecting any parallel between the tea party uprising and the Occupy movement.
The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO has said it is “anti-American” to get angry at another person’s financial success. Occupy Wall Street participants are directing their frustration at the wrong target, he said.
Speaking Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Mr. Cain said the protesters should aim their criticism at the Obama administration for supporting the $814 billion economic-stimulus package and pursuing a $447 billion jobs bill.
“Wall Street didn’t write those failed policies.” he said. “Wall Street didn’t spend a trillion dollars. Wall Street isn’t asking to spend another $450 billion. You can demonstrate all you want to on Wall Street. The problem is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!”
“He can go after them with a tremendous upside and almost no downside,” Mr. Phillips said. “His attacks play well to a conservative base, and when he is telling them no one owes you a job, if you are not rich, it is because you are not doing what you have to do to get rich, that resonates even with independents and moderates.”
• Meredith Somers contributed to this report.
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