Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain describes the tea party as "an attitude that's not gone away" and says New York Sen. Chuck Schumer was wrong to portray the tea party's call for smaller government as their weakness.
"Schumer's characterization of the tea party couldn't be more wrong," Cain said on Fox News Friday.
"The tea party is an attitude that's not gone away, for less government, less taxes and more individual responsibility. That's not radical," added Cain, a businessman and syndicated radio talk show host in Atlanta.
Schumer, a Democrat, encouraged his party
to curb the tea party's influence in remarks Thursday to the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
"Tea party elites,with little rebuttal, have been able to make government the bogeyman. They have convinced too much of America that government is the explanation for all their ills," Schumer reportedly said. "Their mantra, 'Dramatically shrink government and our problems will end,' is the fundamentally false, but not effectively challenged premise, that is the core weakness of the tea party."
But Cain said on Fox that tea party reflects the conservative attitude of most Americans, and painted Schumer and President Barack Obama as being "out of touch with the American people."
"The majority of the American people, they don't want bigger government and more government in their lives. They want less government and less government in their lives," he said.
Cain added that Democrats just don't "get it" because they are "more concerned about perpetuating and promoting their political agenda, rather than people's agendas."
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