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Mitt Romney wasted no time defending Wall Street today, coming out strongly against the growing Occupy Wall Street movement.Responding to his first question at a town hall in Milford, New Hampshire, Romney slammed the protesters as looking for “scapegoats” for their economic problems.
“All the streets are connected — Wall Street’s connected to Main Street — and so finding a scapegoat, finding someone to blame, in my opinion, isn’t the right way to go,” Romney said. “Don’t attack a whole class of Americans, whether they’re rich or poor, white or black. This isn’t the time for divisiveness.”
Although Romney wouldn’t elaborate to reporters, the former Bain CEO got some back up from his newest endorser, former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, now an international advisor for Goldman Sachs.
Gregg, who accompanied Romney on his New Hampshire barnstorming tour today, told Business Insider that the protests are “misguided.”
“America’s capacity to be prosperous is because an individual on Main Street who is entrepreneurial and who is willing to take a risk, that person has access to capital and credit at a reasonable price — and that’s because of the financial system,” Gregg said. “It’s complicated but it works reasonably well. It’s really the job creation engine of our country. I don’t think they understand that.”
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