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Herman Cain At VVS: ‘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)

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