By Alicia M. Cohn - 10/05/11 09:42 PM EDT
Romney was in Florida this week speaking to seniors at a retirement community and then meeting with business leaders. Although Romney tried to side-step questions Wednesday by refocusing on his campaign, when speaking to a small audience Tuesday, Romney called the protests “dangerous” and “class warfare,” according to CBS News.
Romney’s use of the “class warfare” charge comes amidst a tug-of-war between Romney and Democrats over the term. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) last weekend slammed the GOP for using the charge.
Romney has pledged that as president his policies would restore the middle class, reversing President Obama’s policies that have hurt the middle “80 to 90 percent” of taxpayers.
“If [Obama’s] a warrior for the middle class, boy, I’d hate to see it if he was a warrior against the middle class,” Romney said Wednesday, according to MSNBC. “I think there’s been a severe case of friendly fire.”
Speaking ahead of Romney’s visit to her home-state, Democratic National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said it took “audacity” for Romney to target voters in Florida with his campaign message.
“While President Obama has been focused on helping to rebuild the middle class, it’s clear Republicans are still more concerned with protecting tax breaks for special interests and the wealthiest on the backs of seniors and the middle class,” she said in a conference call with reporters.
The “Occupy Wall Street” protest movement, now entering its third week and beginning to spread from its origin in New York City, has begun to gather endorsements from Democratic lawmakers including the leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.).
Protesters say they are rallying against abuses by the wealthy “1 percent” represented by Wall Street. The demonstrators include union workers, college students and groups such as MoveOn.org.