WASHINGTON, Oct 5, 2011 (AFP) - No job? Out of money? Don't blame the rich, says Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain -- it's all your fault.
Cain, a former Godfather's Pizza chief executive, made the remarks Wednesday in an interview with The Wall Street Journal when commenting on the anti-corporate protesters in lower Manhattan.
|AFP - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks to the media outside of Trump Towers before a scheduled appearance with real estate mogul Donald Trump on October 3, 2011 in New York City. |
"To me, (these demonstrations) come across more as anti-capitalism," Cain told The Journal.
"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!" he said.
"It is not a person's fault because they succeeded, it is a person's fault if they failed. And so this is why I don't understand these demonstrations and what is it that they're looking for."
Thousands of anti-corporate demonstrators poured into New York's financial district Wednesday, raising the stakes in a more than two-weeks long street revolt.
Union officials estimated the number at 8,000 to 12,000, and it was clearly the biggest protest yet for the fledgling movement.
"I don't have facts to back this up," Cain told The Journal, "but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies" of the Democratic government of President Barack Obama.
Cain was tied for second place among Republican presidential hopefuls in a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, behind former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and level with Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Cain, who has strong support from the party's arch-conservative Tea Party faction, won an upset victory in last month's Florida straw poll, a key test vote.