Herman Cain’s reception in Macon at GOP convention

Comparing the enthusiasm that Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, the generated at the state GOP convention in Macon is slightly unfair.

Gingrich spoke at a state party fund-raiser dinner on Friday – a money event that attracted a well-heeled crowd.
Cain spoke this morning before an assembly of the hardest of GOP hard-cores – the 2,100 delegates to Macon and dozens of alternates.

That said, Cain won a rousing reception – and brought his audience to its feet 10 times. Judge for yourself – here’s a quick video clip of the final moments of his speech:

Gingrich’s approach was cerebral. Cain’s was more like a gut punch.

“We’ve got some altering and abolishing to do,” Cain said, picking up on the most revolutionary phrase in the Declaration of Independence.

Interestingly, Cain won some of his strongest applause on lines developed by Gingrich. “Drill here, drill now,” for instance. Both men advocated an end to the capital gains tax.

Here’s the initial Associated Press version:

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain says the American dream is under attack from runaway debt, a stagnant economy and a Democratic administration forcing a legislative agenda citizens don’t want.

In a rousing speech to the Georgia Republican Party state convention Saturday morning, the radio show host and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO said that being No. 2 economically or militarily “is not in our DNA.”

Cain has never held elected office and is considered a longshot for the White House. But he’s become a tea party darling. And he received an enthusiastic reception in his home state Saturday.

Cain said the nation should stimulate the economy by cutting taxes. He supports replacing the federal income tax with a national sales tax.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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139 comments Add your comment

Hambone

May 14th, 2011
12:51 pm

Love the Herman!!!!

End The Fed

May 14th, 2011
1:01 pm

Ron Paul is the Republican to beat in this election. Herman Cain is a former Federal Reserve bank chairman and would only perpetuate the status quo while giving lip service to slashing the size of the federal government.

Hambone

May 14th, 2011
1:03 pm

Please Lord, I don’t care if he does have to come through the back door — we shore need to get that bunch out that’s up there now.

liberalefty

May 14th, 2011
1:07 pm

yep after all that applause he still wont be nominated….eventhough EVERY white conservative jest looooves them some CAIN…hehehehe

WAW

May 14th, 2011
1:14 pm

It ain’t over Herman! Where would you be today if not for “a Democratic administration forcing a legislative agenda citizens don’t want”? LBJ did more for you than those listening to you this morning. You wouldn’t have a (R) after your name, that’s for certain!

Rahvi

May 14th, 2011
1:37 pm

Nothing but an Uncle Tom Oreo…

Ima Lazy Freeloader

May 14th, 2011
1:43 pm

@ Rahvi-you unmotivated, freeloading parasites don’t like Cain or anyone who worked for success do you?

WAW

May 14th, 2011
1:55 pm

First came Uncle Tom. Next came Jim Crow. Now here’s Jose Cuervo. (R) hasn’t changed and won’t.

MsDp

May 14th, 2011
1:59 pm

typical of repubs to perfer them as long as their is an inferior air about them. how sad….

Southie

May 14th, 2011
2:10 pm

First of all @WAW, LBJ signed a bill that was first initiated by Dwight Eisenhower, as a matter of fact. LBJ stopped the Eisenhower (R) legislation cold turkey as the speaker of the house and then only signed it 7 years later to address the civil unrest and outright anarchy that was being taken up by the klan and others. Secondly, Herman Cain attended a prestigious historically Black college, he lead businesses that employed thousands of Blacks and as an inspirational speaker, he’s inspired countless others. If doing all of that makes him a “Tom”, hell make me one too!

Centrist

May 14th, 2011
2:12 pm

Months of this blog and AJC haranguing about the illegal immigration bill, but nothing once it was signed – other than in passing. It is the strong will of the electorate – just not popular with the AJC.

Bill

May 14th, 2011
2:14 pm

I wish that someone could explain to me how shifting from an income tax to a sales tax would stimulate the economy. If you tax purchases, it seems that people will not spend as much, and our economy relies of consumer purchasing.

I also do not understand the desire to eliminate the capital gains tax. Why should capital gains be treated any differently than ordinary earned income. I know some will argue that a capital gains tax stifles investment, but some of the strongest growth in our history happened when the capital gains tax was near 50%.

Raiderbeater

May 14th, 2011
2:18 pm

Democrats….how infantile and whiny you can be. Republicans/Libertarians dislike a man with poor leadership skills and decision making and we are labeled racist because he happens to be black. THEN we love a man who has excellent ideas and actually makes his own decisions instead of toeing the party line (who also happens to be BLACK) and that man is then insulted and called an Uncle Tom. The people that post this nonsense are already proving many of our points about them…..

Bill

May 14th, 2011
2:23 pm

I am a democrat. Most of you would probably consider me pretty liberal. I disagree with Herman Cain about nearly everything. But, I have to agree with the republicans here that the name calling is unnecessary. However, that include the ones I see above, like “freeloading parasite” and “libtard”. We don’t have to agree, but I do not understand why we cannot be civil.

Jon Lester

May 14th, 2011
2:24 pm

A similarly regressive consumption-based tax scheme is in place in the nation of Jordan, and it’s been one of the major causes of recent protests there. That’s not what I would call a success story.

kbb

May 14th, 2011
2:33 pm

so herman cains political experience consisted of running a pizza chain and working in talk radio. He has never been elected to ANY office but he is being supported by the same people who said that Obama was not experienced because he held only one term in the Senate. Ahhhh the smell of hypocrisy.

Last Man Standing

May 14th, 2011
2:34 pm

The reason that blacks despise Herman Cain is painfully obvious. and very pathetic. Herman Cain chose to divorce himself from a culture that embraces the democrat inspired philosophy that blacks can’t succeed on their own and must be aided by the federal government. Cain does not share the hatred of whites evidenced even here in various posts, and he chose success over failure.

Herman Cain recognizes the dangers posed to the U.S. by Hussein and the democrat party. He knows that there is no plan for economic recovery in place, and knows there is no hope for employing the unemployed under the current regime. He has, after all, spent his life as a businessman, not as a community organizer.

The black people making degrading remarks about Cain here on this blog remind me of crabs. If you catch and place one crab in a bucket, it will climb out of the bucket. If you place three or more crabs in the bucket, any one of them trying to escape will be pulled back into the bucket by the other crabs.

Criticize Cain all you want. I know that it is only the “crab” in you talking.

Hmmmmmm

May 14th, 2011
2:34 pm

Bill,

If your over the age of 21 and don’t understand why abolishing the oppresive system we have in place would benefit this country, the you NEVER will….. It’s kinda sad really…. But you are the group that put the IDIOT that we have in office…… So I really don’t expect you to understand…

Outside the Perimeter

May 14th, 2011
2:39 pm

Damn those Republicans. A raucous applause for a BLACK MAN? Good God, you damn racists! All white with a scattering of Blacks and you got up and gave Herman a rousing and loud applause? Several times? Wait till we get the true story on MSNBC, The New York Slimes, The Huffington Post, MoveOn.org and other truthful media types…by God in Heaven, they’ll put the correct light on this madness!!!

Last Man Standing

May 14th, 2011
2:40 pm

End The Fed:

I am NOT commenting on Ron Paul’s record or agenda, but rather one simple fact. Ron Paul ran last time and never polled very high, did he? What did he end up polling? Was it even 10%?

Freedom From Government

May 14th, 2011
2:44 pm

`
RON PAUL is the only intelligent Republican . . . . . period !
.

Last Man Standing

May 14th, 2011
2:44 pm

Outside the Perimeter:

Take my word for it: you will never see that coverage on the “news” sources you mentioned. They only have time to stump for the “Annointed One”.

Last Man Standing

May 14th, 2011
2:46 pm

Freedom From Government:

That is YOUR opinion . . .

WAW

May 14th, 2011
2:47 pm

Southie you are right on every point. But Mitt Romney, with his Mormon underwear, stands a better chance that Cain of being the Republican nominee. LBJ did block Eisenhower’s legislation and fought to prevent the integration of the military. But Eisenhower would not get the time of day from the present day GOP, all you need to do is read his Farewell Address to understand why not. Cain is to be admired for his accomplishments but in this effort he will not find success.

Cobb Woman of Color

May 14th, 2011
2:49 pm

Go Herman Cain!

Worst pizza, worst ingredients, worst ideas

May 14th, 2011
2:50 pm

Those Godfather pizzas were God Awful.

Cobb Woman of Color

May 14th, 2011
2:53 pm

You might not agree with Herman Cain, but he is successful and not living on the public dime. He is intelligent, educated and successful!

Hmmmmmm

May 14th, 2011
3:00 pm

Cobb Woman,

That’s part of the reason he would NEVER have a chance…. Very Sad…

Bin Laden

May 14th, 2011
3:04 pm

I’m really missing GWB right now, he wasn’t concerned with me and life was GOOD!!!!!

JT

May 14th, 2011
3:07 pm

Cobb Woman, there are plenty successful intelligent “Black Men” whom don’t live on the Public Dime! Herman Cain speaking to Georgia Republicans makes as much sense as Charlie Sheen working at a Rehab Clinic. Cain should go ahead and fly a confederate flag in his front yard!

Cherokee

May 14th, 2011
3:19 pm

He ran a pizza chain and now he’s a sub for Boortz, parroting Boortz’s crazy economy killing sales tax idea.

Yeah, boy I can see why the Repubs would want him…. they’re just as dumb as he is.

Worst pizza, worst ingredients, worst ideas

May 14th, 2011
3:23 pm

Hernan Cain got his share of the Public Dime a while back,
from the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank,

Wendell

May 14th, 2011
3:23 pm

Like Liberalefty said @1:07pm, they’ll cheer him, love how he isn’t a Democrat, talk about him breaking away from the norm, but in the end, those conservative white voters wouldn’t vote for him to be county dogcatcher!!!

Worst pizza, worst ingredients, worst ideas

May 14th, 2011
3:31 pm

Godfather’s Pizza was never Number 2, much less Number 1.

More like Number 146.

Outside the Perimeter 2

May 14th, 2011
3:34 pm

Trust me it was only applause, neither you nor any other ga repub will vote for Cain, you know it and I know it….Stop the bull**** out!

Worst pizza, worst ingredients, worst ideas

May 14th, 2011
3:35 pm

Herman Cain got plenty of Public Dimes a while back,
from the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank.

Don

May 14th, 2011
3:40 pm

As I posted earlier, the media has nothing negative on Herman Cain, and they cannot call him a racist. What they will do, as I also stated earlier, is try to dismiss him, just as Jim Galloway did in the his very first sentence.
Sadly, dems, as has become the norm when they have no answer, will resort to name calling and insults…..ironically making those that love to cry racism, racists. Typical and predictable.

the teacha

May 14th, 2011
3:53 pm

Has Herman ever made a policy speech to a local black audience in Atlanta? Community orgs, churches, schools? If not, why not? Obama speaks to both left and right. like it or not. Cain would get black support by doing this but he would also loose white support. He is the Alan Keyes of 2012, good speeches, red meat, standing ovations, dead last in the polls but we love the Herm

??????

May 14th, 2011
4:05 pm

@Don, Why does the media need something negative on herm and why would anyone call him a Racist? I’ve yet to read a media article or watch any news program that have insulted Herm or called him racist. Where is the Irony? Honestly no one is going to vote for him, he’s a sideshow more than anything.

J. Leopold Bernstein

May 14th, 2011
4:15 pm

Brother Cain: Remember what Mickey Mantle once said, “When they boo you, you know that you are great!” They running you down now because they are afraid of you. Newt is slick and vicious. I am sure that he has paid bloggers on here trying to smear you. That’s people just don’t like Newt. They know him so well. Newt is afraid of you. My vote in the primary is for you, Brother Herman Cain, one of Archer High’s finest.

Frederick Douglass

May 14th, 2011
4:18 pm

Don@ 3:40

What did the media have negative on Obama in the spring of 2008? Since that time, the guy has morphed into everything from a Muslim, to the second coming of Hitler. Herman Cain’s warts will be exposed as time rolls on. Remember J.C. Watts? Maybe the racist thing, if there is indeed any, is that if its someone of another persuasion, great lengths are taken to make them appear better than they are, (Newt, Dubya, Trump ect.

Don

May 14th, 2011
4:23 pm

@??????, because, quite simply, that’s what the media does to a republican candidate. My point was that if anybody disagrees with the current administration, the “r” word is coming right at them, you can count on it. With Cain, this obviously cant happen. And although I wasn’t speaking of the media in general, but about the posters here (see name calling and insults above), I will post a link to a sickening piece of journalism that has obviously escaped you.

http://bigjournalism.com/dloesch/2011/02/15/alternets-racist-tirade-against-herman-cain-black-garbage-pail-kid-monkey-core-condemns/

Cain is Able

May 14th, 2011
4:37 pm

I pray for the day when we talk about candidates and their positions…. Why is everyone here talking about “Uncle Tom,” “rascist,” and so on… Just listen to the words of a candidate and decide if you agree with them or not. So many here have made their decisions simply because of either color or party affiliate. Our downward spiral will not stop until we stop. Let us stop pointing fingers and start finding solutions!!!! That is what Herman Cain is saying…

Gman

May 14th, 2011
4:39 pm

Herman Cain?????

Straight Talk

May 14th, 2011
4:58 pm

Herman Cain is the only logical Republican candidate in 2012. He is a solid conservatiive, proven leader and has demonstrated repeatedly he knows how to turn around failing organizations – all traits our country sorely needs now to survive. He also has a gracious (but tough when needed) manner and communicates very effectively as he demonstrated in the SC debate on Fox. I would vote for him whether he is black, white, red, green or blue. The fact that he is black will take off the table the racecard – which the Democrats now use to label everyone who disagrees with Obama. Forget all the RINOs and frail egos looking for affirmation from voters. Support Herman Cain, the only one who can beat Obama in 2012.

Rodriguez

May 14th, 2011
5:16 pm

I was there. Cain was brilliant!

Rodriguez

May 14th, 2011
5:19 pm

@Straight Talk…you got that right. Herman Cain for president!

hl

May 14th, 2011
5:30 pm

Wahoo… Regressive taxation..

cs

May 14th, 2011
5:31 pm

Cain…a kook’s kook. If anything is ruining the American dream, its piss poor wages and and supply side economics.