Audience Loudly Cheers Cain's 'Blame the Jobless'

Crowd startles again in GOP debate
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 19, 2011 3:42 AM CDT
Updated Oct 19, 2011 7:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's becoming common in this wave of GOP debates that audience members are also newsmakers: At last night's debate, the crowd cheered lustily when Herman Cain proudly stood by an earlier statement that the unemployed are to blame for their unemployment. "If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself," he said recently. When Anderson Cooper asked him if stood by that, Cain responded: "Yes, I do still say that." (Cheers, applause, whistles.)

"They might be frustrated with Wall Street and the bankers, but they're directing their anger at the wrong place," Cain then said of the Occupy Wall Street protesters. "Wall Street isn't going around the country trying to sell another $450 billion. They ought to be over in front of the White House taking out their frustration." Notes the Huffington Post, Rep. Ron Paul responded: "I think Mr. Cain has blamed the victims. There's a lot of people that are victims of this business cycle. We can't blame the victims."

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