During the Family Leader “Thanksgiving Family Forum” in Des Moines Saturday night, six Republican candidates for President took the opportunity to speak directly with influential social conservatives in the important early caucus state.
Newt Gingrich Republican presidential candidate said wants the Occupy Wall Street protesters to clean up their act–literally.
“All the Occupy movement starts with the premise that we all owe them everything,” Gingrich said at the Thanksgiving Family Forum in Iowa, as noted by Igor Volsky at ThinkProgress.
“They take over a public park they didn’t pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn’t pay for, to beg for food from places they don’t want to pay for, to obstruct those who are going to work to pay the taxes to sustain the bathrooms and to sustain the park, so they can self-righteously explain they are the paragons of virtue to which we owe everything.”
“That is a pretty good symptom of how much the left has collapsed as a moral system in this country, and why you need to reassert something by saying to them, ‘Go get a job right after you take a bath,'” continued Gingrich, to loud applause from the audience.
In addition to being dirty and lazy, Mr. Gingrich thinks the Occupy Wall Street protesters are angry and misguided. Though he claims to “share their frustration” at the government and financial industry, Mr. Gingrich has previously described the protesters as “a strain of hostile people” who advocate “mostly absurd” solutions.
In October, Gingrich expressed sympathy with Occupy Wall Street’s concerns about rising student debt, saying, “Is it really fair to young people — or for that matter to middle-aged people who go back to school — to give them an inflated price just because you can borrow the money in the short run? You have to pay that money back, and that becomes a big burden.”
Gingrich’s popularity in Iowa is booming. A Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday showed that the former Georgia congressman had jumped to a 32 percent support lead in Iowa. That’s a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney at 19 percent and the fading Herman Cain at 13 percent.
Real Clear Politics writes that in the same poll, which surveyed 700 likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers on November 15, 76 percent said that Gingrich “appears most qualified to be president.”
The Thanksgiving Family Forum, which was one more opportunity to hear from the GOP presidential candidates, was sponsored by the Family Leader, a group headed by controversial social conservative Bob Vander Plaats.
Vander Plaats and his group have claimed that homosexuality is a public health risk and suggested that children born into slavery were better off than those living in an America with Barack Obama as president. [via Huff Post, Politicker NY and The Blaze]