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.