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Cain Goes Big
NRO ^ | 10/28/11 | Robert Costa

Posted on 10/29/2011 2:28:59 PM PDT by justsaynomore

October 28, 2011 1:00 P.M. Cain Goes Big His top advisers plot a path to the nomination.

Mark Block and Linda Hansen, Herman Cain’s senior advisers, tell National Review Online that Cain will soon hold a series of “major town-hall meetings” in early primary states.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa; US: New Hampshire; US: South Carolina
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FYI - to my homeschool peeps - Linda Hansen is also a homeschool mom :-)
1 posted on 10/29/2011 2:29:00 PM PDT by justsaynomore
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To: justsaynomore

Mr. Cain is the right man at the right time!


2 posted on 10/29/2011 2:32:28 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: justsaynomore

The rest of the article:

They predict that packing school auditoriums and conference halls with supporters will enable Cain to leap ahead of his competitors, generating buzz and enthusing grassroots activists.

“It’s a combination of a retail strategy and a wholesale strategy,” Block says.

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For months, Cain’s operation in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina has been hustling, but the number of paid staffers has been limited. Now, having raised more than $5 million since the beginning of October, the campaign is stepping up, Block says, hiring experienced strategists, opening more offices, and organizing bus tours.

And the money keeps coming. The campaign has averaged $1.2 million per week since October 1, and over 80 percent of the $5 million raised has come in the form of online donations.

Yet it’s the town halls that excite Block and Hansen the most.

Block says Cain has been a favorite of conservatives for months, but with a fledgling operation, capitalizing on his popularity has been a challenge. Now, the campaign is flush with cash, and the candidate has established a national presence.

Cain, in essence, will “go big” — and local — in the final stretch of primary season, looking to outdraw fellow contenders on the ground and highlight his strength with the GOP base.

“The bus tour has been wildly successful versus coming into a community, walking into a room, doing an event, and leaving,” he says. “The bus tour connects him with Main Street.”

The town halls, he says, will be an extension of that political road trip. It’ll hit small towns, too, not only large media markets. These events, Block says, will showcase Cain’s ability to connect with voters, especially those with few ties to the organized GOP.

Block bets that the media interest in these Cain rallies and town halls will keep the candidate on the national radar, stoking interest from on-the-fence Republicans.

Donors, he adds, will also have a chance to see “Cain being Cain,” fleshing out his positions in long exchanges, which he has not been able to do during televised debates.

The campaign is in the race for the long haul, Block insists, even though there is a long, drawn-out primary season that stretches into the spring. “We’re making a real play for everywhere,” he says. “We’re not going to concede a state.”

Hansen agrees. “It’s a 50-state strategy,” she says. “It’s also organic — he’s won straw polls in states where we haven’t been yet.”

In the latest polls, Cain has surged. Mitt Romney has begun to cut into his lead in some surveys. But Cain still has momentum: A new Fox News poll puts him ahead of Romney by about 1 percentage point; the latest CBS News/New York Times poll has him up by 4 points.

“We still have a long way to go,” Block cautions. “There’s some tough stuff coming.”

Block and Hansen, outsiders in Washington, are confident that their candidate will survive. Their national strategy will continue, but next month, watch for a new emphasis on making heads turn in Des Moines and Manchester with Cain on stage, microphone in hand.


3 posted on 10/29/2011 2:32:35 PM PDT by justsaynomore (Cain 2012 - http://teamcain.hermancain.com)
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To: justsaynomore; metmom
Linda Hansen is also a homeschool mom :-)

That's cool. Makes me like Herman even more.

ping to metmom because Herman likes Homeschoolers.

4 posted on 10/29/2011 2:36:56 PM PDT by teenyelliott
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To: justsaynomore
Cain has emerged from the pack and has clearly established himself as the front-runner to beat. Cain is becoming so popular that they are having a hard time keeping him on the shelf.
5 posted on 10/29/2011 2:39:59 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Herman Cain 2012)
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STOP!

And Support Free Republic

6 posted on 10/29/2011 2:43:28 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: teenyelliott

This is VERY good news to me, as most homeschool moms are very to the point about what works and what doesn’t! They aren’t worried about PC methods but are far more interested in getting positive results.

I am liking Herman Cain more and more!


7 posted on 10/29/2011 2:46:40 PM PDT by VikingMom (I may not know what the future holds but I know who holds the future!)
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To: justsaynomore

Smart move to minimize time with the Beltway Media Elite who are just out for “gotcha sound bites” and go directly to the voting public.


8 posted on 10/29/2011 2:52:09 PM PDT by JohnKinAK
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To: justsaynomore
Hope these pundits don't give him the same advice their counterparts gave VP candidate Sarah Palin in 2007.

Steer clear of FOX News and Talk Radio. Just keep a low profile. We'll take care of everything.

It didn't work very well for her. Mr. Cain, while he doesn't have to say yes to every interview, need to be himself and keep doing what he's doing. . . . It's working.

9 posted on 10/29/2011 2:54:22 PM PDT by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: Howie66

Agreed! bttt


10 posted on 10/29/2011 2:59:12 PM PDT by Matchett-PI (Obamageddon, Barackalypse Now! Bam is "Debt Man Walking" in 2012 - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: justsaynomore

B-but he’s not CAMPAINING in the early states!

(oh noes)


11 posted on 10/29/2011 3:08:45 PM PDT by Grunthor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0heL2Czeraw)
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To: lonevoice

Excellent! HermaCain!


12 posted on 10/29/2011 3:09:47 PM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: justsaynomore

I like it!


13 posted on 10/29/2011 3:16:47 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Pizza for President.)
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To: justsaynomore

I’ve seen the polls showing Cain with single-digit numbers while Romney is up at 47%. What a pantload that is. These are the same polls that show Osama at 44% while democrats flee en masse and the red state reps all have a “scheduling conflict” when he comes around.


14 posted on 10/29/2011 3:18:30 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: Rebelbase

tagline change


15 posted on 10/29/2011 3:18:38 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Yes we Cain!)
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To: justsaynomore

Cain is running a very unconventional campaign. I like it! Town Hall’s are where these guys should be to get away from the 30 second sound bites.

I like Newt’s idea about the debates as well. Both have a lot more to do w/ substance rather than 30 second marketing. Obama would crap bricks at the mere mention.


16 posted on 10/29/2011 3:22:16 PM PDT by Confab
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To: JohnKinAK
Smart move to minimize time with the Beltway Media Elite who are just out for “gotcha sound bites” and go directly to the voting public.

I think it's a bold move also and rather unconventional, which I like. It's interesting how very differently Perry's similar strategy (fewer conventional debates) has been received.

Romney won't be able to copy-cat this move because he needs the conventional debate limelight to sell his shtick.

17 posted on 10/29/2011 3:36:18 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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18 posted on 10/29/2011 3:50:22 PM PDT by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: teenyelliott

I wanna hear what he’s going to do about the TSA among other things.


19 posted on 10/29/2011 3:56:46 PM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: justsaynomore

As a Cain supporter, I promise to follow his example and ‘Go Big’.

No disparaging remarks about his opponents.

Just positive reports on Herman Cain’s platform and proposals to lift our spirits and our Nation to the top of the hill.


20 posted on 10/29/2011 4:00:49 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Cain - touching the better angels of our nature. Newt - knowledge is power.)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
HAHAHA. Excellent!

In your face, Karl Rove!

Stick it in your ear, Charles Krauthammer!

Pound sand, Bill O'Reilly!

I think Mr. Herman Cain will have the last laugh.


21 posted on 10/29/2011 4:04:21 PM PDT by lonevoice (The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers, impeach we much. We will much about that be committed.)
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To: lonevoice
Oh!, you're talking about these guys.

22 posted on 10/29/2011 4:28:23 PM PDT by Eddie01
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23 posted on 10/29/2011 4:38:00 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: justsaynomore

I like how Cain has Reagan-like sense of humor. He is rolling through Alabama wearing that hat. Meanwhile he has an ad out with one of his advisors smoking a cigarette and basically sticking a middle finger to the establishment. then theres a smile on his face.

He is really enjoying himself. people like that


24 posted on 10/29/2011 4:42:56 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative
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To: justsaynomore

If the town halls are televised, I’ll be watching all of them!


25 posted on 10/29/2011 4:54:22 PM PDT by MiddleEarth (With hope or without hope we'll follow the trail of our enemies. Woe to them, if we prove the faster)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

People do like a President who is both capable and has a good sense of humor like President Reagan did. He was both smart enough to surround himself with gifted men and wise enough to understand the truth of the evil Washington political establishment and yet appeal to the bright of the American people who loved him.
Herman Cain is smart but he needs to answer the tough questions that are on the minds and hearts of the American people, questions that are not asked by journalists. Town halls are good for that.
We need a conservative like Cain, not a pre picked GOP liberal democrat like Romney or another middle of the road rino like Perry. The big tent is for democrats only.
Mr.Herman Cains shows attributes that a President needs to have in order for America to survive the obamination of liberal anti work, anti jobs, anti freedom, anti family and anti Christ policies of the left.
I think he would make a good President and conservative patriots need a good man to fight against evil DC democrats.


26 posted on 10/29/2011 4:55:26 PM PDT by kindred ( Third party conservatism is on the rise, God bless the conservative tea party.)
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To: kindred

Is this his ‘dial it back’ strategy?


27 posted on 10/29/2011 5:03:56 PM PDT by Free America52 (The White guys are getting pissed off. We beat Hitler Hirohito and Krushchev. Obama will be easy.)
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To: Eddie01
Oh!, you're talking about these guys.

LOL! I'm not sure---they're such small, small men with such teeny tiny minds, it's hard to tell.

28 posted on 10/29/2011 5:08:53 PM PDT by lonevoice (The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers, impeach we much. We will much about that be committed.)
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To: SamAdams76

I am on the Cain train!


29 posted on 10/29/2011 5:10:57 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: Free America52
Is this his ‘dial it back’ strategy?

Yeah, I heard about that. I'm sure there's a memo floating around somewhere that someone didn't get, but this doesn't look at all dialed back to me. :)

30 posted on 10/29/2011 5:15:27 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: kingattax
Do you know where we stand on petitions state wise?

I just need to go to a notary I was planning on going Monday (For Illinois). You wouldn't believe how many folks were very enthusiastic to sign the petition for Cain.

Even in this communist hell hole of a state people are waking up to Obama and realize Cain is the real deal!!!

31 posted on 10/29/2011 5:22:30 PM PDT by Dengar01 (Dengar01 - "Heartless" since 1983!!!)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
I like how Cain has Reagan-like

And here we go. Now Cain is Reagan...
32 posted on 10/29/2011 5:24:33 PM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: American Dream 246

key word there is LIKE.


33 posted on 10/29/2011 5:26:02 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative
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To: justsaynomore

How can I get into one of those NH town hall meetings? I want to show my enthusiastic support.


34 posted on 10/29/2011 5:28:45 PM PDT by The Sparrow
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To: The Sparrow

Right now the best way to get news for your area is to join http://teamcain.hermancain.com and sign up for your state group. Also - this group has grassroots Cain supporters and announcements in every state - http://electcain.com/default.aspx (choose your state)


35 posted on 10/29/2011 5:32:12 PM PDT by justsaynomore (Cain 2012 - http://teamcain.hermancain.com)
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To: justsaynomore

36 posted on 10/29/2011 5:33:54 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: BenKenobi; onyx

Did y’all get this one pinged? Lots of good stuff.


37 posted on 10/29/2011 5:34:14 PM PDT by lonevoice (The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers, impeach we much. We will much about that be committed.)
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To: Dengar01

Just made another donation to Cain.. Whenever I see him do something I like, I donate $9.99. :)


38 posted on 10/29/2011 5:35:24 PM PDT by Outraged At FLA
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To: justsaynomore

Can’t be, I mean the LA Times clearly said he’s losing steam.


39 posted on 10/29/2011 5:37:27 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: Outraged At FLA
Just made another donation to Cain.. Whenever I see him do something I like, I donate $9.99. :)

hehe I do that too with Cain and Free Republic. Whenever I get hate mail from some commie saying FR is a hate site, I donate and I always donate to Cain, looking forward to Tuesday with the Tool O'Reilly, hopefully Cain will have Billy spinning wildly to the point where he has no choice but abandon Fox and set up shop permanently with his buddies at Comedy Central.

40 posted on 10/29/2011 5:43:54 PM PDT by Dengar01 (Dengar01 - "Heartless" since 1983!!!)
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To: American Dream 246
And here we go. Now Cain is Reagan...

Here we go.

The poster didn't say that Cain was Reagan.

41 posted on 10/29/2011 5:47:10 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: lonevoice

I really don’t think that weird smile thing works, but if it is, keep it.

I hated the smoking ad but it certainly got attention!


42 posted on 10/29/2011 5:47:31 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: rwfromkansas

Just think “Not on Board” Maybe 1975 vs 2011.


43 posted on 10/29/2011 5:49:08 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: CincyRichieRich; All

I am actually starting to get excited about this election.

I wasn’t before even liking Cain because I just didn’t see him as a “wow” candidate with a chance of winning.

Though I am still a bit concerned about his organization, he seems to have good people in place and seems to know what to do as he gets more money to spend it effectively. That will be an issue as the other heavyweights of course have more to spend.

This guy is refreshing and really is trying to take this campaign to the people at a level we haven’t seen in awhile. Ala McKinley though of course not from his porch but still largely with the people who actually will vote for him instead of trying to appeal to everybody.


44 posted on 10/29/2011 5:59:05 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: justsaynomore

George Wallace and Ronald Reagan did this exactly. They conected with people and PACKED auditoriums. Sarah Palin has it too. One of these were elected President, the other came close to it (shook up the race completely and in one case swept the south), and the other just about became Vice President and has a huge national following. This is what we call the “Big Mo”.


45 posted on 10/29/2011 5:59:23 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Herman, a) IOWA/NH upgrades, GOOD! b) Extend an offer to Amb. Bolton to be FP advisor-emeritus)
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To: rwfromkansas

Yep, it works. Cain got a huge bump in his campaign contributions right after the smoking ad started getting buzz. The same people who love the ad love the enigmatic smile. People with money to spend. People who want to spend it on Mr. Herman Cain. :-)


46 posted on 10/29/2011 6:02:22 PM PDT by lonevoice (The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers, impeach we much. We will much about that be committed.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
OK, so now Cain is like "George Wallace" and Reagan...

New one on me.

47 posted on 10/29/2011 6:08:21 PM PDT by pandemoniumreigns
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To: American Dream 246

I’m a Cain supporter but I’m also a realist.

He has a long, long way to go before he’s Reagan. At this point, he’s simply being himself, enjoying the ride and putting forth a good message. He’s off to a good start but it’s a long road and it’s got a lot of land mines to avoid.


48 posted on 10/29/2011 6:20:08 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Get ready for an aberration of epic proportions! - Herman Cain 2012)
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To: lonevoice

I can’t spend because I am unemployed thanks to Dear Reader but I will write a check for $9.99. I will volunteer as much as possible to keep the Cain Train moving along.

Ravenstar


49 posted on 10/29/2011 6:26:12 PM PDT by Ravenstar (Reinstitute the Constitution as the Ultimate Law of the Land --Cain 2012)
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To: kingattax
My first introduction to Hermain Cain came through this YouTube video that went viral last year.

Tea Party Member Stuns Crowd! ORIGINAL!!!

Still brings misty eyes my way.

50 posted on 10/29/2011 6:34:03 PM PDT by CedarDave (Sarah's out; need a new tagline...)
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