(CNN) - The Occupy Wall Street protesters are giving voice to the sentiments of families across the United States, senior Obama adviser David Plouffe said Tuesday.
"The protests you're seeing are the same conversations people are having in living rooms and kitchens all across America," Plouffe said on ABC's "Good Morning America." "People are frustrated by an economy that does not reward hard work and responsibility, where Wall Street and Main Street don't seem to play by the same set of rules."
Plouffe, who served as Obama's campaign manager during the 2008 election, contrasted the president's Wall Street reform efforts with those of Republicans in Congress and the GOP presidential candidates as evidence he is chiefly concerned with the success of the middle class.
"If you're concerned about Wall Street and our financial system, the president's standing on the side of consumers and the middle class and a lot of these Republicans are basically saying 'you know what, lets go back to the same policies that led to the great recession in the first place,'" Plouffe said.
Nearly four weeks into the protests, the now national Occupy Wall Street movement has stirred public debate over the power of Wall Street and corporate greed. While Democrats have been largely sympathetic to the protesters' concerns, several Republicans and GOP presidential candidates have described the demonstrations as "class warfare."
GOP hopeful Mitt Romney on Monday called the protests, where he said he sees Americans attacking Americans, "a mistake."
"I think the idea of dividing our nation in a time of crisis is the wrong way to go," Romney said at a town hall meeting in Milford, New Hampshire. "All the streets are connected. Wall Street is connected to Main Street and so finding a scapegoat, finding someone to blame in my opinion isn't the right way to go."
Following sympathetic words from President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee asked supporters Monday to sign a petition in support of the movement.