Herman Cain wins Tea Party presidential live straw poll at Phoenix summit
February 27th, 2011
02:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Herman Cain wins Tea Party presidential live straw poll at Phoenix summit

Phoenix (CNN) – Which Republican should become the next president? Herman Cain, according to a number of Tea Party activists gathered at a weekend summit in Phoenix.

Cain, a conservative talk show host and former Godfather's Pizza chief executive, won the American Policy Summit's presidential live straw poll on Sunday.

Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas won the summit's online poll.

The survey is a chance for conservative activists gathered on the last day of the Tea Party Patriots conference to name their favorite presidential picks.

Cain won nearly 22 percent of the nearly 1,600 votes cast. Paul won nearly half the votes cast by more than 2,300 online registered attendees.

"The mood at this summit shows that Tea Party activists are looking for leaders who share our principles of fiscal responsibility and limited government and who will vow to uphold policies that reflect those principles once in office," said Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots.

"Mr. Cain and Rep. Paul's positions resonated with Tea Party Patriots this weekend and the straw poll indicates the enthusiasm for these strong conservatives," said Mark Meckler, the Patriots' other national coordinator.

Following Cain in the live voting were: former Minnesota Republican governor Tim Pawlenty, with nearly 16 percent of the votes; Paul, with just over 15 percent; former Alaska Republican governor Sarah Palin, with just over 10 percent; former Massachusetts Republican governor Mitt Romney, with nearly 6.5 percent, and Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, with just over 5.6 percent.

Cain, Paul and Pawlenty's wins were likely helped by their speaking appearances at the event. Cain addressed the activists on Friday evening. Paul and Pawlenty spoke on Saturday.

None of the other potential 2012 presidential candidates showed up, citing prior commitments to summit organizers.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Magnus Tibell

    "Cain won nearly 22 percent of the nearly 1,600 votes cast. Paul won nearly half the votes cast by more than 2,300 online registered attendees."

    So obviously Ron Paul won the poll, not Cain.

    February 27, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Rick in AZ

    Herman Cain, now there's a household name.

    February 27, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Skokie

    Cain Who? Sorry USA is not up for grabs.

    February 27, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. MS

    I think I speak for most people here when I ask who?

    February 27, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Jake

    Duh ... the Tea Party wants a fast-food guy for Prez. As if peddling pizzas gives one the requisite skills to lead a tremendously complex nation in a rapidly changing international environment. But at least they've got enough on the ball to recognize that their former idol, Ms. Palin, doesn't have what it takes.

    February 27, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    A party with old, tired. failed policies that has only worked for the wealthiest in our society. The is the GOP. When will Americans wake up. They certainly got fooled last November.

    February 27, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Mike in Memphis

    By recognizing that Palin is unfit and unqualified to lead this country, the Tea Party just gained some legitimacy.

    February 27, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Moogie713

    If Cain is elected in 2012, we can have all the Godfathers pizza we can eat, and all the BS they are going to dish out (no pun intended). With the exception of Mitt Romney (heck, I'm a liberal and I dont understand why anyone doesnt like this guy), this is like asking someone to make a choice of last resort.

    February 27, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. FrankG

    Herman Cain is a good man with the experience to get this country back in good economic shape.

    February 27, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Herman, make mine with extra cheese and pepperoni.

    February 27, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. SusieTX

    I have never heard of him.

    February 27, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Dustin Petersen

    If you combine both polls Ron Paul won in a blowout.

    February 27, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. FrankG

    Herman Cain has the economic experience to lead this country. Much better than that current Obama with no experience whatsoever and spending money faster than Paris Hilton with a fist full of new credit cards. $1.5 trillion dollar yearly budget deficits and chronic 10% unemployment: Hope & Change? LOL!!!! More like Bam & Boozle!

    February 27, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Drake Coford

    A bunch of knuckleheads competing for the honor of loosing to President Obama!

    February 27, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Gary

    Cain? Who is he? Ron Paul cannot beat Obama, nor can Sarah Palin unless she gets rid of that "Golly, gee whiz!" persona.

    February 27, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Drew

    Well, why shouldn't we have another former CEO entering politics ... we sold our integrity to the corporations years ago.

    February 27, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. chuck

    None of these people will become president. So they are not a threat at all.It is good for a laugh though. Palin does not concern me or anger me any more than any other delusional TV personality. Funny article!

    February 27, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Lou

    The real question: Is Cain able, and will he show his birth certificate to prove it?

    February 27, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Peter

    Radio talk show host and Pizzaria chain owner Herman Cain? And this is the crowd that says Obama was inexperienced?
    Ah, the selective memories of the wingnuts.

    February 27, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. vp

    Who do you Tea Party People think you're kidding?

    February 27, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. paul

    The GOP circus continues. They are like a dog chasing cars..... go after this one, no this one, oh, theres goes one, what about the one over there????? Palin was a shoo in, then Huckabee, Romney, Pawlenty, Gingrich, Bachman, etc. etc. "Hey guys, the pizza delivery man seems nice and he votes "right". Next thing you know, Joe the Plumber will be back at the top of the list.

    February 27, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. PleaseRunSarah

    The only way to ensure an Obama win is to have Sarah Louise Palin run for President. We need to keep urging her to run, she's stupid enough to believe we are sincere and actually support her. As long as the money keeps rolling-in, she's happy and enjoying her ongoing moments of utopian grandure. I want to see her face on election night whenever she only gets 21% of the vote!

    February 27, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Turnabout is Fair Play

    FrankG

    Herman Cain has the economic experience to lead this country. Much better than that current Obama with no experience whatsoever and spending money faster than Paris Hilton with a fist full of new credit cards. $1.5 trillion dollar yearly budget deficits and chronic 10% unemployment: Hope & Change? LOL!!!! More like Bam & Boozle!

    -------------------------–

    Yeah...right... a pizza guru has more experience running this country than a senator become president who spent a lot of his time doing it live..right.. And your buddies Bush and Co. did such a BANG UP job fixing the economy in the first place right? :-)

    February 27, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. cindy

    Is that all they've got? 2012 is gonna be fun!

    February 27, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. john316

    Isn't anyone else in America embarrassed by the Tea Baggers.....It's just pathetic.....You wave an apple pie and Bible in front of them and they go weak in the knees....good grief.....It's like watching Saturday Night Live....without the laughs....

    February 27, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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