Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has been the talk of the town lately. Since snagging a win in a Florida straw poll, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO has been building steam.

According to many polls, Cain is now the Republican front-runner. Many attribute his rise to a weak GOP field and the gaffes of former Tea Party darling Governor Ricky Perry.

Currently, Cain is touring the country promoting his book and campaigning for the Republican nomination, but it’s his recent comments about out-of-work Americans and the Occupy Wall Street protests that have been causing a stir.

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Cain told the interviewer:

“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…It is not a person’s fault if they succeeded, it is a person’s fault if they failed.”

While Cain may have been attempting to echo Booker T. Washington’s “bootstraps” philosophy, Cain’s seemingly insensitive words will not play will with the millions of unemployed Americans.

What do you think? Does Herman Cain have a point or is he out of touch?

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  • Leonie UK

    For my grandparents genration he hit’s the mark, for my parents he is the pistol target, for my genration he is a “useless idiot” and for my neices and nephews generation “who is he exactly?”.

    It all depends what angle, and who he is trying to gear his speech towards. I’m not even going to give him the time of day, as my two job, paying my Higher Education fees and saving shyte pennies, has no time in my diary to allocate him any space for a response.

  • entro

    Oh this is a fool who thinks he pulled himself up by his bootstraps-he Fing forgot that he was standing on the blood an the backs of those people who marched and died for him to have boots. He recently told msnbc reporter that he sat out the civil rights movement because his daddy told him he better not get into trouble. So he sat back and watched while rosa, martin, jesse,abernathy and all those other troublemakers put in all the work so he can sit back and benefit from everything they suffered to accomplish-and then claim he made it all by himself . DOES THIS FOOL REALLY THINK HE WOULD HAVE MADE IT WITHOUT THOSE PEOPLE WHO DIED FOR HIM TO HAVE A VOTE MUCH LESS A DECENT JOB ? Im banging on the keyboard cause I dont believe what comes out of these peoples mouths

    • James

      And the sad part is that Martin would actually forgive this idiot Cain.

      I served my country for 21 years on Active Duty in the Military. I have numerous skills. I put in applications and resumes every day, and I can’t find a job. I get up and am on the street by 8:00 a.m. daily, going from door to door, offering to wash dishes, run a cash register, take grocery carts out of parking lots, etc. and I can’t find a job. I go to job fairs, and I can’t find a job. I had a college friend, and one of the business professors at school help me with my resume (just in case I was doing something wrong), and I can’t find a job.

      I am one of the fortunate ones. I at least have a military retirement to fall back on while I am looking for work. At the end of each day, after looking for work, I feel really bad for the people who are in worse shape than I am, and they can’t find a job. I would give a job to one of the people who have no money before I took it. Of course, I was raised to look out for others and not just myself.

      Well Mr. Cain. I don’t have a job, and I am not wealthy, and it’s my fault? Go screw yourself Uncle Tom!

  • If Herman Cain gets the republican nomination I will laugh… It’s funny how conservatives will compromise their stance on affirmative action just to have a Black face… Herman Cain: no political experience, pizza restaurant CEO running for president? Sounds like a 1 person quota to me lol.

  • JW

    I have a master’s degree and I can’t find a job. It’s not like I haven’t tried to be successful and I still can’t find a job. If this guy gets elected, it is obvious that his entire presidency will be all about his black agenda anyway. He played the race card when he was being accused of past sexual harassment incidents. Everyone is sick of that. We’re all Americans, who gives a crap what color you are. We just need jobs. I don’t want to hear about black power for the next 4 years.