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Republican Quotes Slamming the Occupy Wall Street Movement

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Republican Quotes Slamming the Occupy Wall Street Movement
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Republican political leaders' reactions to the Occupy Wall Street movement range from condescension and the usual hypocrisy to paranoia, fear, and sheer looniness.

As the movement has flourished, a few have softened their public stances to include politically palatable empathy. But none changed their colorful, core reactions, which are listed below for the 2012 presidential candidates and assorted other Republican reactionaries.

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Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor - See Liberal Guide to Mitt Romney in 2012
"I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare." --- October 4, 2011 remarks at Florida retirement community

Herman Cain, radio personality, businessman - See Liberal Guide to Herman Cain in 2012
"... 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! --- October 5, 2011 remarks to the press

Rick Perry, Texas governor - See Liberal Guide to Rick Perry in 2012
"Liberals are now pointing the finger of blame at successful employers under the guise of fairness, but when they utter phrases like 'fair share' you just know, heh, they’re once again playing fast and furious with the truth.

"And the truth is you can’t reve up the engine of economic growth by heaping higher taxes on job creators, you can’t spread success by punishing it... " --- October 7, 2011 remarks at conservative Value Voters Summit

Karl Rove, Bush administration senior advisor, Republican strategist
"What are these people for? To the degree that they're for anything, it's left-wing nuttiness." --- October 10, 2011 remarks to Fox News anchor Sean Hannity

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House
"I think the people who are protesting in Wall Street break into two groups: one is left-wing agitators who would be happy to show up next week on any other topic, and the other is sincere middle-class people who frankly are very close to the Tea Party people who care.

"And actually...you can tell which are which. The people who are decent, responsible citizens pick up after themselves. The people who are just out there as activists trash the place and walk off and are proud of having trashed it, so let’s draw that distinction." --- October 11, 2011 remarks at Republican debate

Rand Paul, U.S. Senator from Kentucky
"I see the president’s rhetoric of envy inflaming the public and saying, ‘Go get yours because rich people don’t deserve it.'

"I see it as inflaming this Paris mob that I hope doesn't result in a lawlessness where they say, 'Well, gosh, those nice iPads through the window should be mine and why don't I throw a brick through the window to get them because rich people don't deserve to have them when I can't have them.'" --- October 7, 2011 remarks to Fox Business News

Eric Cantor, House Republican Leader
"If you read the newspapers today, I, for one, am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country. And believe it or not, some in this town, have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans...." --- October 7, 2011 remarks at conservative Value Voters Summit

Michele Bachmann, Congresswoman from Minnesota
"Barack Obama’s policies have put us in one of the worst tailspins economically that we have. Maybe that’s why the protest I saw was within shouting distance of the White House." --- October 9, 2011 remarks to Fox News

Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
""These are the same old folks who have been protesting since the Vietnam war ... they really don't curry much favor in my book." --- October 7, 2011 remarks to CNBC

Paul Broun, Congressman from Georgia
"Well, if you look at what they’ve been telling in the media, they don’t know why they’re there, they’re just mad. And I see people angry in my district too, but this attack upon business, attack upon industry, attack upon freedom, and I think that’s what this is all about." --- October 7, 2011 remarks to ABC News

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