Romney: Wall Street protestors seeking scapegoats

MILFORD, New Hampshire Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:15pm EDT

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks during the Republican Party of Florida presidential candidates debate in Orlando, Florida, September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks during the Republican Party of Florida presidential candidates debate in Orlando, Florida, September 22, 2011.

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MILFORD, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Mitt Romney, a former venture capitalist who is the Republican presidential front-runner, derided the Occupy Wall Street movement on Monday as seeking "scapegoats" and risking dividing the country.

Romney responded to a question about the influence of big banks on Washington policy at a town hall meeting in Milford, New Hampshire, by addressing the protests that have spread nationwide over the past month.

"All the streets are connected. Wall Street is connected to Main Street," Romney said, adding that protesters are seeking "scapegoats to attack."

"Don't attack a whole class of Americans, whether they're rich or poor, white or black. This isn't the time for divisiveness."

A day before Republican candidates debate their solutions to the weak U.S. economy at Dartmouth College, Romney continued to attack President Barack Obama's handling of it.

Romney, a grandfather of 16, drew on a popular children's book series to describe Obama's job creation record.

"In some respects the Obama economy is the 'Where's Waldo?' economy. Finding a job in the 'Where's Waldo?' economy is harder than finding Waldo in one of his books," he said.

The former Massachusetts governor repeated his plan to raise defense spending, should he be elected president.

Romney also kept up a hard line on immigration, saying he would veto any bill offering in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. The issue has dogged Republican rival Rick Perry, governor of the border state of Texas.

"Why in the world would we want taxpayers in the United States to be paying a tuition credit for people who are here illegally," Romney said.

(Editing by Ros Krasny and Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (26)
taxepayer21 wrote:
they have to pay the bailout money back.
question is how many have done so?
ask your local politician

Oct 10, 2011 3:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
reubenesp wrote:
What else would you expect from someone who has a vested interest in the status quo?

Oct 10, 2011 3:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Well Mitt, I am over 50, Republican, conservative, a fiscal tight wad, and you just lost my vote. The folks protesting Wall Street have good reason to do so. Wall Street is NOT connected to Main Street and has never been. Most of the small business there never got a bailout and have gone out of business while the large corporate interests, on the other hand, have benefited immensely from government largess. I think I will take MetroLink to downtown LA….

Oct 10, 2011 3:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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