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article imagePropelled by Florida straw poll, Herman Cain continues upswing

By Michael Krebs     Oct 12, 2011 in Politics
Having experienced a strong boost in confidence and in revenue from the Florida straw poll three weeks prior, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is now the biggest threat to Mitt Romney's status as front-runner.
The Republican presidential debate on Tuesday night at New Hampshire's Dartmouth College did little to help the deflated candidacy of Texas Governor Rick Perry, nor did it measurably boost the prospects of the other candidates in the race. However, given the amount of air-time generated around his 9-9-9 plan, including Jon Huntsman's assertion that he thought the 9-9-9 figures represented the price of a pizza, former Godfather Pizza CEO Herman Cain could make the claim that the evening's debate was a win for his presidential aspirations.
Propelled by his decisive victory in the Florida straw poll three weeks ago, Cain has emerged as a formidable challenge to the lead position held tenuously by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
“I don’t believe Herman Cain will be the nominee, but I hope that [his] standing for some of the more conservative candidates sends a message that I hope will be embraced,” Kevin McNevin, a delegate from Sarasota, told Politico in the moments after it was announced that Cain had dominated the Florida straw poll.
The Florida win has also injected money into the Cain campaign, affording Cain a more robust infrastructure strategy.
"We're now going to ramp up...we are ramping up and filling some very valuable positions that we need to fill," Cain said, as CNN reported. "The compression of the time leading up to the first caucus and primary and we now have the money to do so."
But the Herman Cain presidential bid does not come without its controversies. Some Conservatives are expressing concern over his 9-9-9 plan, suggesting the incorporation of a 9 percent national sales tax amounts to an additional tax burden. Other GOP voices, particularly those who are deeply distrustful of the Fed, have reservations over Cain's prior ties to the Fed.
Republican presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul, arguably one of the fiercest and most consistent critics of the Fed, took another shot at Cain on Paul's campaign site Wednesday, accusing Cain of lying in comments made at the Tuesday night debate on the matter of auditing the Fed.
Regardless of these criticisms, Herman Cain has earned a leading role in the GOP presidential contest, with a NBC/WSJ poll released on Wednesday demonstrating Cain's lead against the full body of his peers, as MSNBC reported.
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