Skip to comments.Herman Cain: pizza boss, radio host, ballistics expert, minister. President?
Posted on 10/09/2011 5:21:04 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
He is the latest Tea Party favourite to burst through in the increasingly heated race for the Republican presidential nomination and see their poll numbers rocket them to frontrunner status.
However, unlike previous rightwing darlings such as Texas governor Rick Perry and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann, wealthy businessman Herman Cain, 65, can claim to be cut from a very different sort of cloth from the average Republican candidate.
First, he is not actually a politician. Cain, whose CV includes being a radio show host, a navy ballistics expert, a Baptist minister and a Federal Reserve official, has never held elected office in his life. His most famous job was as chief executive of the fast-food firm Godfather's Pizza.
Yet none of that seemed to matter to the cheering crowds at the Values Voter Summit in a Washington DC hotel late last week. There was much to celebrate. A Zogby opinion poll had just boosted Cain into first place in the race, with 38% of the vote, compared with 18% for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. Perry trailed in third place with 12%. The study even showed Cain beating President Barack Obama in a match-up by 46% to 44%.
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For a moment there, I thought you were referring to Rico “don’t like their last name” Perry. I mean, I know we’re “heartless” and all...
That’s one of Cain’s biggest advantages. People are fed up with politicians.
Are you seriously citing a Zogby poll as any kind of authority? Seriously?
"Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Following an Election Day prediction that Democratic candidate John Kerry would win more than 300 electoral votes and the presidency, one of America's most well known polling firms continued the job Wednesday of explaining its flawed projection.
Shawnta Watson Walcott, communications director for Zogby International, joined a group of liberal Democrats at a faux congressional hearing focused on whether fraud influenced the Nov. 2 (2004) outcome.
"... it has become increasingly clear that this election has produced unprecedented levels of suspicion regarding its outcome, and we join this panel discussion in an attempt to find a resolution to these issues," said Walcott, who represented the firm's president and long time political pollster John Zogby at the forum sponsored by Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee.
On Election Day, Zogby predicted that Kerry would win 311 electoral votes. For much of that afternoon, he also rated the state of Virginia as too close to call. Not only did President Bush end up winning Virginia by 9 percentage points over Kerry, he won 286 electoral votes, over 3.3 million popular vote more than Kerry and, of course, re-election.
But with a Rayburn House Office Building meeting room as the backdrop, Judiciary Committee Democrats, liberal special interest groups and individuals like Rainbow PUSH Coalition founder Jesse Jackson Wednesday alleged that the election had been marred by fraud and malfunctioning voting machines.
Walcott told the group assembled that Zogby International had questions of its own pertaining to the election. -- Zogby Polling Seeks Damage Control After Election Day Flub
Anybody can say anything until they are confronted with the actual decision that counts. Just like a lot of people think it would be easy to run a business until they actually have to do it. He would be surrounded with "experts" to help him make those decisions just like "The Won" and they would be leading him around by the nose in no time at all.....just as they are doing with Obama.
You beat me to it.
That anyone could question Cain's readiness with the implicit support of an obvious doofus already occupying the White House is laughable.
And of those polls, the only recent one done with any kind of statistical validity was the CBSNews poll, which showed Cain tied with Mittens 17%-17%.
By the way, do you Cain supporters share your man's zeal and admiration for Mitt Romney?
I’d like to see a list of major candidates (Democrat or Republican) who never held an elected office, and then made it to the general election and lost to someone who had held an elected office (not lost to someone else who held never held one either). We know that 8 or 9 (I believe it was 9) who never held elected office WON the Presidency, so I’m interested in how many made it to the big vote but didn’t make it, if any even exist. I’m betting it’s none. Which would mean that whether or not someone has held elected office has never been a factor in a General election. But I hope to see the numbers either way.
So he was tied in the lead? BTW can you explain to mean what you mean by “statistical validity.” Since there is no agreed upon definition of that term, I’d like to know what you mean when you say that.
Our Founder Jim Robinson has no problem with Herman Cain, so your facetious question about Mitt-Witt is irrelevant.
I don’t agree, I was snookered by Obama. Was at the Y, running on a treadmill listening to obama say how we needed to change government and I was impressed!! Went home and looked up his website, took just a few seconds to see just how he wanted to change government.
Herman Cain is a strong leader, not a follower like Obama.
Reagan's trickle down philosophy wasn't immediately effective, apparently he was encouraged several times to give it up but he stuck by it - he was tenacious and that's an excellent quality for a President."
All valid, and all lacking those powerful, instructive two terms Reagan served as Governor of California.
Cain’s not “my man.” Some of us are involved in what’s called a “Primary” where candidates are sorted out. We don’t all jump on a bandwagon candidacy and ride it off a cliff. And I’ve watched every debate, some more than once. I don’t care how you try and twist Rico Perry’s words, he said what he said (I don’t have an excuse for my liberal position, so I’m going to blanket ad hominem anyone who disapproves of it).
“By the way, do you Cain supporters share your man’s zeal and admiration for Mitt Romney?”
Typical liberal non-argument (besides the fallacy of a false dilemma/dichotomy), “If I can’t give a viable argument, I’ll just change the subject to make you talk about that, instead.”
BTW the only person who may not be a “genuine American” is Obama, since he’s probably not an NBC. I realize that fluff may be all you have, unless you’ve single handedly redefined the word “genuine.”
I will be voting for Herman Cain in the primary. I will be sending money. I will volunteer for the campaign.
Herman Cain is a strong leader, not a follower like Obama.
And he didn’t “deliver pizzas”, you have the net, do a little homework and you’ll see he was VP of Pillsbury at 34. He is an effective person, a strong leader. That’s what we need, shoot, Reagan took heat for being an actor, how would you feel if any actors in Hollywood were running for Pres? lol
“Folks need to do their homework before knocking him.”
Well how in the world does that help Rick Perry?/s