Raising Cain: Whirlwind week awaits GOP upstart
September 29th, 2011
04:14 PM ET
9 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. Hajee

    Hermain Cain is not the person I would vote for.....sure he's smart and educated but he is a bigot. He say's horrible things about people of other religions and ethniticities. That's not leadership quality. He only panders to the tea party movement. Cain has alot of meaness inside of him. I'd rather have President Obama any day!!!

    September 29, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. XWngLady

    BWAH, BWAH, BWAH...ROTFL!!!!!!...Herman Cain has "arrived"???....If you didn't think that the country has gone bonkers when Sarah Palin "arrived", then this should confirm it.....No thank you "Mr. No Mus-lim$ 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 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Russ

    So what do you think Trump is having them come by for? Hmmmmmmm. Dinner, a drink, see which one gives the best........you plug in the appropriate word. Either way, if Trump has any influence on this next election the state of America is worse that anyone thought.

    September 29, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. MikeB

    I like Herman Cain. He is genuine in his Character and Politics.
    Intelligence knows where to find knowledge and what to do with it.
    There are plenty of knowledgeable people, but too many of them haven't a clue how it should be applied.
    Herman Cain recognizes 'useful' knowledge and can help us 'all'.

    September 29, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    @ T'sah from Virginia

    Everything you said is 100% TRUE. The majority of those closet "racists" will NEVER vote for Cain.

    Republicans motto: White is the Right party.

    September 29, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. unsub

    poor ignorant cain!

    September 29, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. Not fooled

    He will never win the nomination. If he does President Obama will eat him up in the debates.

    September 29, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. steven harnack

    Don't you have to actually MAKE it to the White House before you write a book called "My Journey To The White House"? Or is it a travelogue?

    September 29, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. clarke

    I like the man.But I am pulling for huntsman

    September 29, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. DEEJ

    9-9-9: a pretty good idea. Congress – how about you do something for once.

    September 29, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. DrSCJ

    I'm a register democrate but I'm also looking for common sense and Mr Herman Cain makes sense too me. I'm also a black man at the age of 55 and I don't let anyone tell who I need to vote for. What's your take?

    September 29, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  12. Just a Minute

    His tax plan's gonna come up short on the income side so if he's looking for an award for a half baked plan he's in line for a tall one.

    September 29, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. Dee

    Woman in California you are absolutely right be had better take a heed from Michael Steele he was on top and they all tore him right down.

    Thanks for your comment

    September 29, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  14. Disgusted

    I am disgusted and appaled that Mr. Cain would make such a statement. Is he the only intelligent African- American, or the chosen few that can think. The unmitigated gall of him. His statment leads me to believe that he would just be an Uncle Tom puppet for the Republicans

    September 29, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  15. ruemorgue

    So long, Perry !!!

    September 29, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  16. TruthSpeaks

    Did anyone here know Cain supported NAFTA? oh yes he did Cain is a Strong Neocon wake up people.

    September 30, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  17. cm

    Mr Trump; money can't buy everything and in case you haven't heard- slavery days are over.

    September 30, 2011 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  18. TSIndiana

    Perhaps he's learning how BANKRUPCY can be used to stiff the creditors. That seems to be America's future and who else to consult but the Don.

    September 30, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Anonymous wrote:
    .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.
    If I walked up to a white guy in a pickup truck sporting a rifle rack and a Union Jack, there's a 100% chance that he's not only Republican, but an enthusiastic one at that.

    September 30, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  20. brianator

    I appreciate that the author of this story did not mention Mr. Cain's race, since at this point it history it really isn't relevant. It is a shame that so many of CNN's posters can't look past that as well.

    The President, whoever that person is, needs to encourage the creation of jobs and that means talking to the people who create jobs. Trump is a joke, no doubt, but it would be arrogant to not set an hour of your time aside for this particular joke, especially early on in a campaign when time is cheap. You can't get the job done just by meeting with the people who are suffering from the economy and giving them sympathy, even if it looks good in front of a camera; the candidates know that and Obama knows that, even if you don't. You have to talk to the job creators to find out what they need to start hiring again.

    I know, I know... critical thinking is completely unacceptable. I'm sorry; you have permission to commence the mind-numbed robot attacks now.

    September 30, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  21. zip

    Uncle Tom is in the house! The GOP gave this idiot 2 million bucks to give the party some flava. Then they will pay for his golf course condo down in Florida. But he won't be allowed in the clubhouse.

    September 30, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  22. Heavy

    I've been a fan of Mr. Cain since he entered the race. I laugh at how the left is the only one that seems to beat the drum of race because they can't intelligently defend their positions (or lack of). Well, here's a conservative that totally takes that off the table. Let's debate the issues and give Obama and his ilk no place to hide. Raising Cain, 2012! Love this guy.

    September 30, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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