Herman Cain On Occupy Wall St: You Can Demonstrate All You Want on Wall Street, the Problem is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Republican candidate for president Herman Cain has not shied away from addressing anti-capitalistic “Occupy” protesters. Cain received a standing ovation at the Voter Values Summit Friday, when the Georgia businessman called out the groups as “anti-capitalism” and “anti-free market:”

“They are not working on the right problem,” said Cain. “Wall Street didn’t write those failed policies. Wall Street didn’t spend a trillion dollars. You can demonstrate all you want on Wall Street, the problem is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

ABC News reports that the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza touted his 9-9-9 economic plan at the event where the crowd chanted “9-9-9″ along with the candidate. Cain’s plan would put in place a 9 percent sales tax and reduce income and corporate taxes to a flat 9 percent.

“Don’t be jealous, don’t be envious,” Cain said of the Wall Street protesters at a book tour stop Wednesday. “I don’t have much patience for someone who does not want to achieve their American dream the old-fashioned way.”

While Cain would finish second in the VVS presidential straw poll, it was announced Saturday that the Georgian won the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference straw poll.

A perennial basement dweller in early polls on the 2012 GOP field, Cain has surged in recent weeks following the release of his 9-9-9 plan and slip-ups in the campaign of Gov. Rick Perry.

Cain jokingly told ABC News that the recent uptick in his support has led rivals to put a bulls eye on his back.

“They are afraid that this long shot may not be a long shot any longer.”

(H/T: Hot Air Pundit)

From the breaking news you need to know to the hottest trends circling the Web, TheBlaze has it all. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope.