Oh dear, oh dear — Herman Cain isn’t reeling in the big donors like Romney, and he’s not putting enough resources in Iowa. He’s not serious…he can’t possibly win…he’s a “hot mess!”
Or so says the conventional wisdom.
The insurgent GOP candidate earned the support of 37 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers, outpacing Mitt Romney, with whom 27 percent of voters sided, and Ron Paul, who was backed by 12 percent of those surveyed.
Rick Perry, who had been leading national Republican polls as recently as a month ago, earned less than 6 percent of Republican support, placing him fifth in the Hawkeye poll, after Newt Gingrich.
He’s leading in Illinois, as well:
- Herman Cain 23.4%
- Mitt Romney 20.6%
- Newt Gingrich 7.5%
- Rick Perry 7.2%
- Ron Paul 6.6%
- Michele Bachmann 3.8%
- Jon Huntsman 2.5%
- Rick Santorum 2.2%
And in Nevada, well….Cain tops field again in Nevada GOP straw poll:
LAS VEGAS — The good news continued for Herman Cain Friday, as the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO won the Western Republican Leadership Conference straw poll of GOP presidential contenders, edging out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — and leaving Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a distant fifth place.
Cain delivered yet another barn-burner of a speech at the Arizona Republican Fundraising Dinner, October 17, 2011:
So….I hear Mr. Cain fumbled a pro-life question on Piers Morgan’s show on CNN. Big whoop. Are Cain’s pro life credentials in doubt, now? Yeah -NO.
Herman Cain may have been tripped up once or twice by the media about his pro-life credentials, but don’t let it bother you. What other candidate has spent a million, yes a million, dollars of his own fortune to advance a pro-life agenda? Herman Cain has quite literally put his money where his mouth is, even if his message got a bit muddled thanks to interviews with people who aren’t his friends. Red State’s Leon Wolf posted a rare mea-culpa for coming down hard on Cain for being human and making a media mistake.
A LifeNews piece by Steven Ertelt from Sept. 2006 is what put Wolf to some knowledge: African American Businessman Spends 1M to Urge Blacks to Vote Pro-Life:
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With the balance of power in Congress hanging in the air, a leading African American businessman says black voters in the United States should put their historical pro-life values above political party. That means voting for pro-life candidates rather than supporting Democratic candidates across the board.
Herman Cain is best known as the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. He is a political commentator and was a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
“More and more African Americans are pro-life,” Cain said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained. “Our message to African Americans is simple — it’s time you vote for candidates who support our values.”
Cain will underscore that message with a $1 million advertising campaign in key states and congressional districts targeting black radio programs and urban radio stations young African Americans enjoy. Some of the ads focus on abortion.
Cain clarified his position on his website: Herman Cain For President:
Cain’s View on Abortion Policy
“Yesterday in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, I was asked questions about abortion policy and the role of the President.
I understood the thrust of the question to ask whether that I, as president, would simply “order” people to not seek an abortion.
My answer was focused on the role of the President. The President has no constitutional authority to order any such action by anyone. That was the point I was trying to convey.
As to my political policy view on abortion, I am 100% pro-life. End of story.
I will appoint judges who understand the original intent of the Constitution. Judges who are committed to rule of law know that the Constitution contains no right to take the life of unborn children.
I will oppose government funding of abortion. I will veto any legislation that contains funds for Planned Parenthood. I will do everything that a President can do, consistent with his constitutional role, to advance the culture of life.”
Good enough for me.
And the Cain Train keeps a-rollin’.
RS McCain: The Cain Campaign in Iowa
Hat tip: Charles B.
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