Herman Cain: Occupy Movement is ‘Trying to Destroy’ America

Herman Cain passed severe judgment on the national Occupy movements yesterday in New Hampshire, condemning their activities and painting them as un-American.

Cain told New Hampshire voters that the Occupy Wall Street movement was “trying to destroy the greatest nation in the world,” according to CBS. The unwavering protests, loud demonstrations, and lambasting of corporate-funded political campaigns negatively affect the country, asserted Cain.

The business magnate also attacked the movement’s “Day of Action,” which saw demonstrators march on the Brooklyn Bridge and New York City subways on Thursday. Cain claimed OWS was attempting “to infringe upon people’s right and liberty to go to work.”

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Cain’s comments, though seemingly incendiary, serve a purpose when considering the audience to whom he spoke. The 75 Nashua supporters are mostly Tea Party-affiliated, and their views were likely against the movement.

Cain’s recent drop in the polls could be due to several gaffes. He struggled to answer a reporter’s question on Libya, and called Muslims “extremists,” or simply because of his recent sexual harassment scandal. Either way, he is trying to reclaim his former media following, especially in places like New Hampshire, a state he had not visited since Oct. 12.

The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO was in New Hampshire for the past three days, hoping to improve his influence and possibly win the much-sought primary. Cain admits there is little chance of that happening, though.

“I’m going to be realistic and hope we can come in second,” said Cain to CBS, “That would be a huge win.”

The business tycoon set his sights on second behind GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, who consistently polls in the 20 to 25 percent range, and is even more popular in New Hampshire, a state neighboring his home of Massachusetts.

Romney differed from Cain’s provocative commentary, choosing instead to draw a contrast between OWS and the Tea Party by commending the latter for “[following] the law.”

Despite Romney’s dominance in Republican public opinion, Cain refused to adopt the frontrunner’s moderate style. Although the media takes advantage of the Atlanta man’s unpolished quotes, Cain does not think his bluntness will lose him supporters.

“The people on the Cain train don’t get off because of that crap. And I know that’s not a politically correct word,” he said.

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