Occupy Wall Street protesters move to the campaign trail
UPDATE: President Obama’s speech in Manchester, New Hampshire was interrupted by OWS protesters, who were then shouted down by his supporters. Obama later said that the concerns of the protestors are the reason he ran for office.
The big question surrounding the Occupy Wall Street movement has been whether it has staying power as a sort of counterbalance to the tea party movement going into the 2012 elections.
There also are logistical questions surrounding the protests: Where will the protesters go once winter hits, and once the OWS tent cities that have cropped up, are possibly busted up by local officials, as happened in New York.
Perhaps they will move to occupying events of presidential candidates? So far, Michele Bachmann has been on the wrong end of an OWS protest, and Mitt Romney, in South Carolina, encountered an OWS protester in Columbia who was quickly escorted out of the event.
Recently, Ron Paul, who has been sympathetic to protesters, had an event at Keene State College in New Hampshire disrupted. Paul played it cool, seemed amused, and said,
“Do you feel better?” once the shouting ended and said that he was on the side of the 99%.
“The people on Wall Street got the bailouts, and you guys got stuck with the bills, and I think that’s where the problem is,” Paul said.