Some Democrats praise, Republicans slam 'Occupy Wall Street'
October 9th, 2011
01:02 PM ET
9 years ago

Some Democrats praise, Republicans slam 'Occupy Wall Street'

Washington (CNN) - Politicians fought Sunday to cast the ongoing Wall Street protests in very different light, with two GOP presidential candidates calling them "class warfare" as two prominent Democrats expressed support for the protesters' message.

"They want to be heard," said Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia. "And at the same time they want to speak to America, speak to people in power, to officials of the American government but also to the business community, especially Wall Street, to corporate America, to bankers. They're saying, in effect, that we bailed out Wall Street and now it's time for Wall Street and corporate America to help bail out the American people.


Filed under: Economy • John Lewis • Wall Street
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  1. fred ca

    Lewis supports them. Sharpton supports them. From what we have seen if they actually went to the park and stayed with the 'protest group' that would about double the number of people of color there. Of course, given the reflexive racism of liberals they would not be welcome.

    October 9, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Is it class warfare to fight back? The war on the middle class has been successfully waged for over 30 years. What's wrong with protesting that fact? Why is it okay for the Tea Party to defend corporations through protests, but it is not okay to protest those same corporations? Why do the Republicans always use such divisive language?

    If government doesn't create jobs, the private sector creates jobs, then why are conservatives suggesting that the jobs protestors take their protest to the White House?

    Mayor Bloomberg said the protestors are trying to destroy jobs because they do not realize that it is the taxes the executives pay that pay for the jobs many of the protesters have. Let's follow that line of thinking. Wouldn't cutting their taxes, which is espoused by Republicans kill jobs? Wouldn't reducing their salaries mean more spending money to middle class investors?

    October 9, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Debra From Georgia

    I am 99%, I am begging wall street to help Bailed out Main Street. Please, help us, we helped you.

    October 9, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Simple Republicans doesn’t get it

    People are working hard, paying their bills on time but their home value drop dramatically. Ownership of home American dream good way of saves money that is gone

    Now owning home like a gamble we have to take risk who coerce that Wall Street

    I believed ballot box more than protest or demonstration after 2010 election that also changed. In 2010 we lost good smart republicans in the primaries. What we got do nothing congress

    October 9, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Terry, VA

    How can anyone side with the union thugs in the AUW? They bankrupted the auto industry and then profited with the Obummie bailout. Now they are protesting against banks that got bailouts? What B.S. The union bosses are just mad that the banks aren't a part of their union thuggery. The deadbeats and degenerates protesting are too sorry to work or even take a bath. Look in the mirror. Blame yourself not others.

    October 9, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Still Seceding from Texas

    Eric Cantor "concerned that Occupy Wall Street was a growing mob", "pitting..Americans against Americans".
    Eric Cantor says "the beauty of the Tea Party movement- its organic". Of course he didn't mention the gun-toten',
    hate spewin', ugly side of this "organic" movement, pitting Americans against Americans for real.

    October 9, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Ted van Tol

    America, the American Spring is comming! It will shake your country like a revolution.
    Old politics are over finaly. Don't be scared. It is just the way it have to go in this crazy world
    with his old fasion systems.
    And in Europe we a;so feel it because that spring is also living in our countrys.

    October 9, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. fred ca

    Actually...they didn't even let Lewis speak. The racism in OWS is becoming more and more obvious.

    October 9, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. KO

    Of course Republicans are criticizing the Occupy Wall Street movement. The "Tea Party" is a faux populist movement that's really all about middle age people who are very comfortable wanting more for themselves, and is sponsored and bankrolled by billionaires like Murdoch and the Koch brothers. The Republicans are completely in the back pockets of the wealthy and corporations...the real populist, grassroots movement that's unfolding in front of all of us now must scare them to death.

    October 9, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. jack

    And they should be heard, and the rest of us should be listening because it's OUR way of life that has been thrown under the bus the last 30 years.

    October 9, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. ray

    Yes we bailed out wall street. But there is no way wall street can hire enough people to resolved the unemployment. People need to use a little common sense here. Why do they think wall street can bail out USA. That is congress job to figure out what programs to cut and benefits to reduce not wall street. All of you are really clueless.

    October 9, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. kregg

    unions; the biggest, under worked, over paid crybabies to exist

    October 9, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. fernace

    Of course they are! Occupy Wall St. is calling them out! There has to be accountability, that's a large of the human credit system! If the GOP-TP are denouncing this movement it's their guilt speaking!! This is the true government speaking out! Y'all better start listening or be outof work when we the people vote again! Then you really might know what it's like, Then really might know what it's like

    October 9, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |