Cain's 'Impossible Dream' Resonates with Voters

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

JACKSON, Tenn. 10-15-11

Herman Cain's improbable campaign for the presidency is all about momentum right now.

He's riding the wave of recent polls that have catapulted him from an also-ran in the Republican race to the elite top tier.

There are many reasons his bid could fade as quickly as it rose.

He acknowledged Friday that he will trail former Massachusetts Gov.
Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry significantly in fund raising.

Cain has never held elected office and could wilt under the rigors of the campaign and its withering scrutiny.

Cain's moment is right now, and the former Godfather's pizza chief executive is marketing himself with practiced skill, banking on his charisma and the notion that the messenger is as important as the message.

His everyman image is resonating.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    John McCain should run but leave that quitter Palin in the bushes where she belongs.
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      by Jack on Oct 18, 2011 at 04:06 AM in reply to
      McCain is NOT a good option. Too established as a politician
  • by Crimson Brotha Location: Tallahassee on Oct 17, 2011 at 01:52 PM
    It would be good to see a "real working black man" in the whitehouse instead of this in experienced lying half breed socialist rebel rouser we currently have. Cains got my vote.
  • by One Shot Location: One Kill on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    I'd rather have a illegal communist for president over what we have now! Nevermind,i almost forgot.
  • by Netta on Oct 17, 2011 at 09:32 AM
    There have been several unbiased studies that show Hermain Cain's 9-9-9 plan will cut taxes for the wealthy and riase taxes on the poor. I saw him on Meet the Press this weekend and he acknowledge that this could occur. This is just one of the reasons he will not receive my vote.
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      by Jack on Oct 18, 2011 at 04:29 AM in reply to Netta
      The wealthy may get some tax cuts as they pay so much in taxes. While other people may begin to pay more in taxes as they don't pay anything now. My question to you would be, why should I pay more in taxes than you? What services do I receive from the gov't that you don't? We both should be receiving the same services from the gov't, so shouldn't we both pay the same amount? Currently though, we make some pay a higher percentage of their income, meaning they are paying more $ than others. Yet everyone receives the same services. Or actually some receive more services (benefits) than others, even though it's the others that are paying for it. So tell me Netta, why should you be getting something at someone else's expense?
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        by Anonymous on Oct 18, 2011 at 02:37 PM in reply to Jack
        Excellent questions! Eagerly awaiting the reply.
  • by Widower Location: Wakulla on Oct 17, 2011 at 08:09 AM
    I was reading elsewhere this morning that Herman Cain has close ties with Charles & David Koch. So to portray himself as a political outsider is a little disingenuous. He has spent time over the last few years helping set up state chapters of Americans for Prosperity that is funded by the Koch brothers. Also, once you think about his 9-9-9 plan, the numbers work out quite well for the wealthy and not so well for everyone else.
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Oct 17, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    Right this minute, intrade says Romney has a 67% chance of being the Republican nominee, and Herman Cain 8%. The Tea Party has peaked and so has Herman Cain.
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      by Jack on Oct 17, 2011 at 09:58 AM in reply to Gerry
      Not according to today's Rasmussen Poll. In a two-way race, 43% would prefer Cain and 42% Romney. Cain leads Perry 54% to 29% in a two-man match and Romney leads Perry 54% to 30%.
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        by Gerry on Oct 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM in reply to Jack
        Right now intrade says Romney 67.7%, Perry 12.4%, Cain 9.5%. intrade insists you put money where your mouth is.
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      by Jack on Oct 18, 2011 at 04:20 AM in reply to Gerry
      Well thanks for pointing that our Gerry. I'll just turn off my mind and wait for Romney to show up on the final ballot. Or do we even need a final ballot? Just wait for Intrade to skew up a poll showing the final winner (whomever you're for) and we'll move them right on it to office.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Oct 17, 2011 at 06:42 AM
    I don't know how I will vote. Herman Cain's life will never be the same. He has dared to not be a part of the Democratic Plantation. He has dared to stray from the ideology and talking points. The extreme left wing and the unintelligent/uneducated that follow their message will have the blooddhounds out for Cain. These followers learn their message by repetition. As Cain said they are brainwashed. He will be classed as a Uncle Tom, Oreo and a traitor to his race. If there's anything negative, ever so small, in his background they will find it. It will be revealed. They will try to destroy him. I admire any man of any race willing to speak his mind. They are hard to find anymore.
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      by Netta on Oct 17, 2011 at 09:37 AM in reply to Jim
      I'm apart of his race and because his 9-9-9 plan caters to the wealthy, he will not get my vote. I do not believe the war should have occurred, he does therefore again he will not get my vote. It has nothing to do with his race but his views and stances are why he will not receive my vote. Black America is not brainwashed - we just know how to fact check Mr. Cain.
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        by Why the double standard? on Oct 18, 2011 at 02:43 PM in reply to Netta
        "It has nothing to do with his race but his views and stances are why he will not receive my vote. " Tell me Netta, why am I called a liar and racist when I make this exact same statement, referring to our current President, yet when you say it, referring to Cain, we are supposed to accept it without question.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    Herman Cain is a joke and the REP Party are crazy to even think about him as a candidate just like they were with Palin. I am REP and I will not vote for this candidate just like I didn't vote for Scott. The other candidates aren't much better.
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      by Jeff on Oct 17, 2011 at 06:11 AM in reply to
      You're nuts!!
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      by John on Oct 17, 2011 at 06:16 AM in reply to
      I personally would prefer you register democrat. I strongly suspect you already are. You are a pawn of the Democratic Party. The rest of us have escaped the Democratic Plantation. Did you forget that BHO was a novice when he took office. Sadly he proved it too.
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      by Jack on Oct 18, 2011 at 04:31 AM in reply to
      Is there anyone out there, even if they're not in the running, that you would support? What are you looking for and why?
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Oct 17, 2011 at 02:29 AM
    Nobody in the Tea Party has a 3-digit IQ. The Tea Party is about to find out that abysmal ignorance will only take you so far in life.
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      by Jack on Oct 17, 2011 at 04:37 AM in reply to Gerry
      Unfortunately, taxing the rich will only take you so far also. The more we tax the rich and pass it out to 'those in need' the more people in need will come forth to take what is being passed out. And who get's to decide what needs get to be met? I hate other people (Gov't) taking my money and wasting it on items that I do NOT agree with. So I'm saying STOP the spending, smaller gov't, let people be responsible for themselves. What are you supporting Gerry? Don't take jabs at other ideas. Tell us what YOU think we should be doing to solve the mess we're in. I'm a fan of the Fair Tax plan. Cain's 9-9-9 plan isn't there, but it's a change from what we have. And I think it's a positive change. I'm more excited about Cain than anyone else that currently has their hat in the ring. The first thing I'm looking for is fresh, new faces. Cain's about the only one. New ideas on taxes. Cain's there also. I've got to look at him pretty hard, but I've got about a year to be looking.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 at 06:07 AM in reply to Gerry
      Ad hominem much?
  • by Raising Cain on Oct 16, 2011 at 03:55 PM
    I'm a Tea Party type and I support Cain 100% because Romney is a RINO. I know this support Cain is getting is KILLING liberals like Gerry who are trying so hard to play the race card. Get over it and get over yourself Gerry.
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