Santorum: Occupy protesters have ‘legitimate point’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum criticized the Occupy Wall Street movement but said that protesters have a legitimate point. 

The original idea, which is that Wall Street is getting preferential treatment, bailouts and support, while the rest of the country is struggling, is a legitimate point, Santorum said Thursday in Iowa, according to CNN.

Santorums comments come roughly two months after the anti-Wall Street protests began in New York City. Early Tuesday morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) ordered the citys police to clear Zuccotti Park, where the protests have been centered, so it could be cleaned. Bloomberg said the park had become a safety and sanitation hazard.

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Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) criticized the movement for lacking a real position.

I mean, what is their position? King said. They’re mad because people are making money, or are they mad that there’s no jobs in this country?

At the same event Thursday in Iowa, Santorum accused both GOP rival Mitt Romney and President Obama of being in the pocket of the most powerful American bankers.

Look who is funding those campaigns, Santorum said. We have a very different point of view, and it’s probably one of the reasons I am not raising a lot of money in New York.

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