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Herman Cain Blasts 'Occupy Wall Street' Protesters, Says It's Their Fault They Aren't Rich: VIDEO


In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, 2012 GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain criticized the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement, calling the demonstrations organized to distract from failed White House policies:

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.

Occupy Wall Street in NYC will see its largest march to date later this afternoon as union workers join the protests:

On October 05, 2011, at 3:00 in the afternoon the residents of Liberty Square will gather to join their union brothers and sisters in solidarity and march. At 4:30 in the afternoon the 99% will march in solidarity with #occupywallstreet from Foley Square to the Financial District, where their pensions have disappeared to, where their health has disappeared to. Together we will protest this great injustice.

The movement has also now spread to Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and many cities in between.

The Nation:

A nation-wide student walk-out is planned for today, Oct. 5, at noon. From New York to Los Angeles, students will march in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Watch the video of Cain and an update from 'Occupy Wall Street' media, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. It isn't about being rich, and sometimes it isn't even about not having a job. Sometimes it is about having multiple jobs and still being unable to pay all of the bills.


    Posted by: Mike | Oct 5, 2011 11:49:12 AM

  2. Typical Conservative. No facts, just an overinflated belief in his own opinion. He also said gay is a choice, despite also saying he had no facts. What Conservatives mean is that they choose to ignore any facts that prove them wrong.

    Posted by: Pete | Oct 5, 2011 11:50:07 AM

  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znQe9nUKzvQ&feature=player_embedded

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 5, 2011 12:04:26 PM

  4. Anytime a candidate starts off with "I don’t have facts to back this up", they should just STFU!

    Go make some pizzas, you pathetic idiot.

    Posted by: Tyrone | Oct 5, 2011 12:05:37 PM

  5. Conservative Republican means never having to say "I looked this up."

    Posted by: MikeMick | Oct 5, 2011 12:08:31 PM

  6. Cain's just trying to cozy up to some of that Wall Street money.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Oct 5, 2011 12:11:34 PM

  7. "I don't have the facts to back this up .." hasn't that been the Republican standard operating procedure for quite some time now ?

    Posted by: Jerry | Oct 5, 2011 12:11:35 PM

  8. ohhh yea Herman- Nothing like getting out of college with 60K debt and NO JOB to be found...yep...its all thier own fault......How any moron could Vote GOP is beyond me.

    Posted by: Gay American | Oct 5, 2011 12:14:38 PM

  9. With this kind of rhetoric, he hasn't a chance in hell. How can anyone be this out of touch?!

    Posted by: Married in MA | Oct 5, 2011 12:17:57 PM

  10. This is the second day in a row that Cain has made headlines by saying that he doesn't have any facts to support what he's about to say, but he's going to say it, anyway.

    He is the perfect Republican and I think it would be hysterical if he actually ran against Barack Obama. That sounds exactly what the Republicans would consider a master plan -- because they're both black and America obviously wants a black President, right?

    Posted by: ohplease | Oct 5, 2011 12:18:42 PM

  11. Yes it's our faults and as punishment we should be charged 35% in taxes. Oh I see now. Thank you for making that so clear.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Oct 5, 2011 12:22:00 PM

  12. I don't have the facts to back this up, Mr. Cain, but you would be a divisive, wrong-headed, incompetent president.

    Posted by: trees | Oct 5, 2011 12:29:04 PM

  13. @ TREES: I think you DO have the facts to back that statement up.

    Posted by: Michael in MA | Oct 5, 2011 12:42:06 PM

  14. Why are we even listening to Cain? Does anyone actually think that the Republicans would nominate him? He has no government experience, no foreign policy experience, and no... oh, what's the point? The Republicans would never make a Black man their nominee.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Oct 5, 2011 12:44:13 PM

  15. Why don't we help Mr. Cain join the ranks of the unemployed and poor by boycotting his businesses. Then he can show how it's his fault he failed. It will certainly be his fault when he fails to become President. I hope he wastes a whole hell of a lot of his own money, the jackass!!!!

    Posted by: Matt | Oct 5, 2011 12:50:15 PM

  16. Yeah Mr. Cain, and it's all the lobbyist, special interest, corporate big-wigs, and graf why you ARE rich.

    Posted by: SFRowGuy | Oct 5, 2011 12:53:42 PM

  17. Crazy as he is Cain has zero chance of getting the nomination because the Tea-Baggers are mostly bigots who will notice what color he is.

    Spend your time, effort, money and outrage on Romney or Perry.

    Posted by: Dan Mc | Oct 5, 2011 1:22:48 PM

  18. I wonder how Cain's opinions will be received by poor blacks in this country who learn that he thinks being poor is their fault. I think they call people like him "Uncle Tom."

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 5, 2011 1:39:21 PM

  19. Another graduate of the Marie Antoinette School of Economics. The Republican Party is the party of the rich. In former days many of their ranks felt a sense of noblesse oblige, but no longer. Now they feel entitled and think that only little people should pay taxes. This is pure unmitigated greed.

    Posted by: voet | Oct 5, 2011 1:43:39 PM

  20. If anything, this movement is happening partly because of the current administration's failure to take action against those in the financial industry who got us in this mess in the first place. It's been 4 years and not a single person has been put on trial or gone to jail for what happened and some of the very same people who helped make the economic collapse happen now hold high ranking jobs in washington.
    This isn't about the other 99% of us being "poor". This is about changing the power structure in our country.

    Posted by: David | Oct 5, 2011 1:50:43 PM

  21. Cain is a simpleton, period.

    Obama has no spine but, hell, Cain makes Uncle Ruckus sound moderate.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Oct 5, 2011 1:52:19 PM

  22. Monkey. Stage. Dance.

    Posted by: Monkey | Oct 5, 2011 2:03:49 PM

  23. Yeah, and it's all those small businesses fault that they went out of business because they couldn't compete with all the money Walmart used to create a monopoly.

    Posted by: Steve Pardue | Oct 5, 2011 2:10:38 PM

  24. @Jerry It has been since 1980 when Ronald Reagan was elected president. Reagan was NOTORIOUS for using anecdotes passed off as "facts". Few people called him on it. It is now standard republicon operating procedure. Throw it out there. If it sticks, great. If it doesn't, well, at least it's out there whether it's true or not.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 5, 2011 2:51:21 PM

  25. I encourage Cain to go as far as possible in his bid for the White House because as the saying goes, "A fool and his money...."

    Posted by: Your Mom | Oct 5, 2011 3:24:01 PM

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