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