Raising Cain: Whirlwind week awaits GOP upstart
September 29th, 2011
04:14 PM ET
7 years ago

Raising Cain: Whirlwind week awaits GOP upstart

Washington (CNN) - This Cain is building up to Category Five strength.

A spokeswoman for Herman Cain confirms the surging GOP contender is scheduled to meet with Donald Trump on Monday. A stop at Trump Tower has become the latest sign of Republican prowess. The real estate magnate has met with Rick Perry and Mitt Romney in the last couple of weeks.

Before traveling to New York, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO will fly to the West Coast for an appearance on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno Friday night.

On Tuesday, Cain rolls out his new confidently titled book: "This is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House." The customary round of radio and TV appearances plugging the book will ensue, his spokeswoman added.

The whirlwind week awaiting Cain comes after he stunned the Republican establishment and finished first in Florida's recent GOP straw poll. That result was dismissed by some pundits as a fluke.

More difficult to brush off is a new Fox News poll released Wednesday found Cain a strong third (17 percent), just behind Romney (23 percent) and a slumping Perry (19 percent).

Cain is aggressive taking on the two GOP front-runners as he is with setting his schedule.
In an interview on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Cain was surprisingly tough on Perry's stance on giving in-state tuition breaks to the children of illegal immigrants.

"I could not support Rick Perry as the (GOP) nominee for a host of reasons. Him being soft on securing the border is one of the reasons," Cain said.

He nearly said the same of Romney because of the former Governor's past support for an individual mandate in health care reform in Massachusetts.

"But I believe that he has backed off of that," Cain noted.

Christie? Cain takes the New Jersey Governor at his word that he is staying out of the race. "Christie has said for a long time he wasn't interested," Cain told CNN.

Former Republican National Committee spokesman Doug Heye points out much of Cain's support comes from outside Washington, a sign voters are looking for a fresh face.

"I haven't seen or heard much in town, but on the grassroots level, yes," Heye said.

Those grassroots supporters can tell you what "9, 9, 9" means. Cain would replace the nation's byzantine tax code with a simpler system that sets individual and corporate rates at 9 percent. It would also add a new national sales tax, also at 9 percent. For Cain-iacs, it's more than a plan. It's an applause line.

Another barometer of conservative credibility, The Wall Street Journal has taken notice. "Whether he deserves to be president is something voters will decide. But he deserves a serious look," wrote WSJ columnist Daniel Henninger.

The column did raise the issue of Cain's electability, noting he has never held office. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin seemed to blow off Cain's chances, calling him the "flavor of the week."

Questions loom for Cain. Yes, he's wealthy. But can he raise the funds needed to take on Romney and Perry? Now that he has become a serious contender, can he defend his positions, like his "9,9,9" plan in a debate?

Cain has proved he can slice up the competition. Now he has to deliver.

Also see:

Romney on Christie: 'It'd be fun if he got in'

Bachmann urges Christians not to 'settle'

Giuliani still flirting with 2012 bid

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Dude is crouched down in the ready position just lookin for a shark to jump. Yawn.

    September 29, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Don't forget. Mr. Cain pulled a Palin on the issue of Palestinian "Right of Return" several months ago.

    September 29, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    He won't be fully "there" until he gets Charles and/or David Koch to court him the way they did Hyek in the mid-70s to spread their propaganda to take control of this country. Check and see who attends the Koch meetings to see who is bought and paid for in the destruction of this country.

    Justice Powell memos of th emid 1970s might be a place for all you people to read up on some of the truths that you want to deny to this day - it's coming out - may as well prepare yourselves. It's all over the internet and people of all political parties are reading. We'll see where these candidates stand on the issues then, and see how CNN handles it (if they aren't afraid to).

    September 29, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    NBC and CNN teamed up to sell Joe McGinniss's book and 6,000 people have bought it. Tells you how many people are still watching these lame networks.

    September 29, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    Until he singled out his own race yesterday and (failed to touch others), I was giving him credit for at least having a plan. The only thing Mr. Cain can do now is disappear. He has labeled me as ignorant and unable to think for myself and for that, I will never respect him. Further, I can't wait until his "party" sticks it to him and that will be real soon just ask Michael Steele.

    September 29, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. bassman

    CNN, NBC, and MSNBC teamed up to sell creepy stalker Joe McGinniss's sell his book. 6,000 people bought into their scam. Tells you why Fox Blows them away in viewership.

    September 29, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. kayla

    could you imagine seeing this face for four years?

    September 29, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "If you don't have any skin in the game you shouldn't have a voice. "

    And there you have it...the precise underlying reason for the GOP and their rich and corporate puppetmasters spending the past several decades doing nothing but flaying the poor and middle-class. If you got no skin left, you can't put any in the game, now can you?

    September 29, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    If today's trend on the Ticker is a pretext of what's to come from CNN until 2012, can't say I'm impressed. Quite the contrary actually.

    September 29, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. thomas

    I love how all the GOP crazy s must make there pilgrimage to Manhattan to kiss the ring of the Donald .

    Whats up with Americans fetish with salubrity ?

    Donald Trump and the Atlantic City casino fallacy !

    September 29, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Republicans will not be kept from the booths on Tuesday, November 6, 2012."

    But the GOP is sure doing everything it can to keep minorities and youth voters from the booths.

    September 29, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Telchristina

    Oh please, Americans are not stupid! not all of them go to the polling booth without doing some researches about the candidate who they want to vote for. The pundits are the stupid ones who blah blah blah in TV and expect everyone to believe in it.

    September 29, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Obama's race problem is black and white – and green"

    This one is going the same way the "OMG Obama has a problem with the jewish vote, NY-9 NY-9" narrative is going. Polls of FLORIDA voters just showed Obama beating Parry by 82% to 2% among jewish voters in FL and Obama beating Romney by &8% to 11% among jewish voters in FL. The MSM is just going to sell the "OMG Obama has a huge problem with black voters" line until it's proven by polls and numbers to be the exaggerated hyperbolic fabricated controversy blather it really is. Then, the MSM will promptly pretend they never said it.

    September 29, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. M-AZ Independent

    Woman In CA,

    I agree. When he decided to single blacks out he demonstrated that he is doing nothing more than pandering to HIS TeaParty base, and I am not impressed with their extreme rehetoric. It is hateful and harmful for the country.

    Furthermore, blacks did not vote for Obama because he is black; they voted for him because he is a Democrat, which is the same reason they intially supported Hilary Clinton, and overwhelmingly vote for Bill Clinton. There are historical reasons that center on certain values that the New Democratic Party expouses that have resulted in blacks voting for Democrats; namely the Civil Rights Amendments, which is no different than the people who love guns, military prowess, anti-abortion, etc. who overwhelming vote Republican.

    September 29, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    When Cain said that AA are brainwashed to vote a certain way....True! if you walk up to white person and ask if he is a Dem or a Rep you have no idea which way he will answer but when you ask a AA you have a 99% chance that he is a Dem. you mean to tell me that all of the AA that vote for a Dem have really studied the platform of the person they are voting for.......please!! There is no way that millions of the same race could possibly vote for the same way without it being so...they enjoy different music, foods, and fasions but when it comes to politics they all vote the same...just seems wierd.

    September 29, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Stacey

    NBC and CNN teamed up to sell Joe McGinniss's book and 6,000 people have bought it. Tells you how many people are still watching these lame networks.
    Let's see, now according to you, 6,000 people bought the book; and according to you that means only 6,000 people are watching NBC and CNN? LOL! Ignorant, but hysterical!

    September 29, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Obama beating Romney by &8% to 11% among jewish voters in FL."

    Sorry that's supposed to be 78% to 11%

    September 29, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Anonymous, the only thing "wierd" is the GOBP trying to figure out why they've lost huge portions of minority voters. The answer is quite simple: they pay attention to the GOBP's words and actions (start with the "southern strategy"). Caring for the greedy and not the needy is a way to turn off huge blocks of voters. Which is exactly what has happened.

    September 29, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Squealy

    Yup, gotta get blessed by Daddy Warbucks before the next republican debate.

    September 29, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Jake

    put Herman Cain up against Obama, black man against black man, I would rejoice with much of America! A candidate's race is irrelevant to most of us, but I do relish in the thought of the Tea Party having to endure an election like this!

    September 29, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. T'sah from Virginia

    I feel so sorry for Cain. The GOP will NEVER nominate him – you see what they are doing. Since Bachmann PLOPPED and Perry FLOPPED and Christie DROPPED a dime to tell them once and for all he’s not running, they will go back to Perry!!!

    And what does TRUMPet got to do with it!! I know what TRUMPet and the RIGHT – with the aid of CNN and other desperate media – is up to – Since they DO NOT have a good pool on the RIGHT and they are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo desperate to win, they are trying to disrupt the LEFT by playing the race card in a effort to try and win Black and/or minority votes. To prove this…

    Check out how many CNN TICKERS are posted in three days in regards to "race?" I could not believe all of the REPUBLICAN responses to CNN’s “TRENDING: Cain: Black community 'brainwashed' into voting for Dems.” All of a sudden, a Black man is right about when he goes up against another Black and NONE of them, even though they said but I don’t believe it – will vote for Cain or even allow him to be the candidate!!!

    September 29, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Ben Dover

    Cain & Trump.....More pizza and a load of crap!

    September 29, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. Sylvia Saint

    Sarah calls him the flavor of the week. Well we all know that girl loves to lick the chocolate ice cream cone.

    September 29, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. SharplyRight

    Happy to see Cain pushing into the top tier although I don't see him beating out Romney when push comes to shove although I would happily support him if he were the nominee. I think with his straw poll victory in Florida he has more likely positioned himself as a potential VP candidate for one of the top two.

    September 29, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. XWngLady

    BWAH, BWAH, BWAH...ROTFL!!!!!!...."...he has arrived..."?? Are you on crack?....Herman Cain has "arrived"???....If you didn't think that the country was gone to pot when Sarah Palin "arrived", then this should confirm it.....No thank you "Mr. No Muslims in My Cabinet" Cain. If this is the way that you will govern, then please do us all a favor and "depart".

    September 29, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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