Herman Cain continues high-altitude ride in CBS/NYT poll

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain continues to fly high in national polls, as a new CBS/New York Times survey today has him “squeaking” past former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney:

Cain garnered 25 percent support of Republican primary voters in the poll released on Tuesday, compared to Romney’s 21 percent.

Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich finished third with 10 percent. The surprise is Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has deflated to a distant fifth – behind his Texas rival Ron Paul – at 6 percent.

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Meanwhile, in an attempt to bring some academic heft to the debate over his “9-9-9” plan, Herman Cain has arranged for a friendly, Friday discussion of his economic policy via the American Enterprise Institute. The event will be livestreamed. Panelists will include William G. Gale of the Brookings Institution; Rich Lowrie of Friends of Herman Cain, and Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal.

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Another sign that Cain is getting into the swing of things in Iowa: This Internet ad, which could be subtitled: “Let’s you and him fight.”

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And Newt Gingrich will appear next Wednesday, Nov. 2, at what the 7th District Republican party says will be the first of a series of presidential forums. Time is 6 p.m. Locale is the Gwinnett Place Marriott.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Mark

October 25th, 2011
1:30 pm

Astounding that Cain is THE FRONT RUNNER at this point (polling at 25%).

The Right can’t even settle on a viable, electable candidate, their base is so fragmented between the moderate mainstream and the lunatic fringe. (Thank you, Tea Party).

All they are offering is more of the same failed supply-side economics and cronie capitalism that got us INTO this mess. They drove the nation off a cliff and Obama and his team have pulled it out, gotten it back on the road, pointed in the right direction, and RUNNING. Now, they want the keys back. Seriously?

Based on his polling, Obama is more popular than REAGAN was (with a higher “highest approval rating” and a higher overall average to date; their numbers have run virtually parallel to date, including the recent record lows of 41-42%, which mirror Reagan’s numbers at the same point in HIS first term).

And with good reason; we are in the 17th straight month of private sector job growth, most economists agree that his stimulus plan prevented a full-scale depression, bin Laden is dead, dictatorships are collapsing all over the Arab world, and we are finally getting out of Iraq (and moving towards getting out of Afghanastan).

And yet they keep up the bluff and bluster about how much butt they are going to kick come 2012…LOL!

Ga Values...Just call me heartless

October 25th, 2011
1:36 pm

Herman is better than Perry but I’ll probably vote for Paul or a 3rd party.

findog

October 25th, 2011
1:37 pm

the number is not 25% for Cain it is 79% against Romney

Buymadeinusjobs

October 25th, 2011
1:37 pm

Stephen moore of Wall Sreet journal owned by Murdoch who also owns Fox. Google American Enterprise and Brookings . See where their money comes from and the policies they push.

tAKE EVERYTHING THEY SAY WITH A GRAIN OF SALT cain should have gotten a few objective economic professors to help him.

Centrist

October 25th, 2011
1:41 pm

New York Times
Op-Ed Columnist
[Romney] The Inevitable Nominee
By ROSS DOUTHAT
Published: October 22, 2011

FOR the next three months, the political press will engage in an extended masquerade, designed to persuade credulous readers and excitable viewers that the Republican presidential nomination is actually up for grabs.

Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/opinion/sunday/douthat-mitt-romney-the-inevitable-nominee.html?_r=1&ref=rossdouthat

flat knocked out

October 25th, 2011
1:45 pm

Rummey – Cake – Hairy = The Flat Tax

Atlanta Public Schools will get more than $513 million if voters approve a local 1-cent-on-the-dollar sales tax Nov. 8.

Given the above plus 1 cent for transportation = 20 cents on the dollar coupled with flat tax sales tax = give me a break = 99% will not be able to buy anything = good bye economy – welcome to Third World ASU – and that ain’t Arizona State University

DannyX

October 25th, 2011
1:46 pm

From right wing polling company Rasmussen:

Oct 15th- Cain +2% over Obama
Oct 22nd- Obama +6% over Cain

Herman may be on top of the Republican heap but is losing ground fast on a head-to-head match-up with Obama. Anyone care to explain how Herman could have lost that much ground so quickly?

DannyX

October 25th, 2011
1:48 pm

Lol at Centrist linking to a liberal NY Times article! What happened to your liberal media paranoia?

findog

October 25th, 2011
1:52 pm

Danny, the post is in support of the paranoia
Its not really paranio if everyone is out to get her is it?

Centrist

October 25th, 2011
1:52 pm

More from the NYT Op/Ed columnist who seems to be speaking directly to Mr. Jim Galloway:

“The press needs the illusion of a hard-fought campaign to keep its audience from straying. Democrats enjoy the spectacle of right-wing infighting, and benefit politically from it as well. Please do not listen to any of them. Ignore the Politico daily briefings, the Rasmussen tracking polls, the angst from conservative activists over Romney’s past deviations and present-day dishonesties.

But Romney’s path to the nomination is more wide open than for any nonincumbent in decades. He should win New Hampshire and Nevada, Florida and Michigan. He should dominate the Rust Belt, the Northeast and the Mountain West. And if need be, he can seal the nomination late, with wins in the New York and California primaries.

For now, though, none of his rivals look capable of even pushing the race that far. They don’t have the money or the organizational muscle, but more important they aren’t clearing the first hurdle that every presidential candidate faces. After months of campaigning, it is nearly impossible to imagine any of them as a major party’s nominee, much less in the White House.”

Centrist

October 25th, 2011
2:11 pm

By focusing on the Republicans, the liberal media can avoid covering the disastrous Democratic Senate failures, various administration scandals, and terrible Obama poll ratings.

Here is another liberal media article reluctantly admitting the inevitability of Romney’s likely nomination: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-increasingly-see-mitt-romney-as-the-inevitable-candidate/2011/10/12/gIQAh7GMgL_story.html

honested

October 25th, 2011
2:13 pm

Mark,

Quite an eloquent synopsis.
Given that and the lunacy pooting forth from the wrong wing, I have a chant for them….

“Break the world again!, Break the world again!”

It should be a hit at teapotty rallies.

Sean

October 25th, 2011
2:15 pm

Cain is a screwed up negro. If he thinks he is going to win 2012 he is wrong. People don’t be fooled the media is playing games.

liberalefty

October 25th, 2011
2:16 pm

if OBAMA was white, then CAIN wouldnt be taken seriously by repubs. they would have already given him the ALAN KEYES treatment.

honested

October 25th, 2011
2:16 pm

DannyX

I don’t think even the people that work for raz-munchkin believe their own numbers.
Of late, whenever every other poll shows a tilt toward Democrats and sane policy, a
new raz-munchkin poll will be released with some insane 8 or 9 or 13 percent lead by
republicans.
Polling should attempt to reflect the mood of the polled, not invent ‘momentum’.

clem

October 25th, 2011
2:28 pm

the hermanator cannot think his way out of a paper (tea)bag….

td

October 25th, 2011
2:35 pm

clem

October 25th, 2011
2:28 pm
the hermanator cannot think his way out of a paper (tea)bag….

So you are trying to say an education at the AU center is not worth the paper it is written on?

td

October 25th, 2011
2:36 pm

liberalefty

October 25th, 2011
2:16 pm
if OBAMA was white

His poll ratings would be about 20% right now.

Independent voter

October 25th, 2011
2:38 pm

Cain is using white people to generate more money for his book sales.
Cain went to a african american church who help the civil right movement. Cain is only using
white people to get money.

td

October 25th, 2011
2:40 pm

Sean

October 25th, 2011
2:15 pm
Cain is a screwed up negro. If he thinks he is going to win 2012 he is wrong. People don’t be fooled the media is playing games

Why because he is not for continuing the race game any longer and thinks everyone should stand on their own two feet and not depend on government? If a person would have made your remark about Obama then this board would be screaming the poster was a racist. What a double standard we live in this country.

clem

October 25th, 2011
2:42 pm

not saying that; just saying for a math major he sure has some major lapses in logic (have you seen his tv interviews and debate performance) and if you think 9-9-9 was well thought out you may be in that same category….

but to his credit, at least he has folks talking about tax reform

Redcoat

October 25th, 2011
2:43 pm

Mark…………Reagen is dead….this is 2011…..nice try…but things are going to change, it’s only a question of who it will be!

td

October 25th, 2011
2:44 pm

Independent voter

October 25th, 2011
2:38 pm

Sounds like a smart man. He is also smart enough to know his vote for President in Georgia is going to be counted, while all you libs just think your vote in Georgia for Obama will be counted.

Redcoat

October 25th, 2011
2:46 pm

Independent ………….does your post supposed to mean something to somebody?

td

October 25th, 2011
2:47 pm

clem

October 25th, 2011
2:42 pm

I saw Obama’s interviews with softball questions 4 years ago and was not impressed. Did you not watch the early dem debates? Dodd, Biden and Hillary wiped the floor with Obama and he won.

Centrist

October 25th, 2011
2:48 pm

clem posted “but to his credit, at least he has folks talking about tax reform”.

So do you think he is a credit to his race, or is he an Uncle Tom?

(That was unfair to you, but just had to say it)

I agree – he has folks talking tax reform, and not just at the edges where Congress can simply buy special interest money and votes. I doubt it will come about, though. Too many politicians and fat cats doing well with the current system.

Redcoat

October 25th, 2011
2:52 pm

Obama’s only hope for any votes is to pretend to promise more spending that he knows will be shot down so he can play the typical blame game. He seems to like the way things are going…..Mark, Independent, DannyX will all agree. You too clem.

clem

October 25th, 2011
2:54 pm

i would agree, but obama got much better towards the end. the reason herman is doing as well as he is, is because the others are really bad (maybe with the exception of romney). you took course pol sci from newt if recall correctly, do you really think the debates so far are worthy of the nomination they are trying to acquire?

Mark

October 25th, 2011
2:54 pm

@ td

Do you actually think that the people who blog on here on a daily basis actually give a damn what a snat-nose snob like you actually have to say anymore? You boast every day with your opinions as if you are actually reporting facts. You come across as whining brat, and are most likely on gay.

DannyX

October 25th, 2011
2:54 pm

“I saw Obama’s interviews with softball questions 4 years ago and was not impressed.”

Yes, the questions.

Why aren’t you wearing a flag pin?
Was that a Muslim fist bump?
Were you born in Kenya?
Where is your birth certificate?
Are you a Muslim?
Do you support Al Queda?
Why do you hate America?
Are you a commie/socialist/terrorist lover

Oh and Redcoat, did you know that Reagan had an approval rating of 35% at one time during his first term?

TilleyD

October 25th, 2011
2:59 pm

I like Herman Cain because is the only true anti-establishment candidate out there. He is a true outsider with no prior political experience which is why so many are drawn to him. His candidness is also appealing – he is not afraid to own up when he doesn’t know the answer to a gotcha question – now that is presidential. People are fed up with the establishment. Neither Perry nor Romney looked presidential at the last debate, instead they were like kids fighting over a toy. This leaves us with one viable choice – Mr. Cain. Without even trying, Cain’s won the Nevada, FL straw polls and the most recent Rasmussen polls have him polling nationally over Obama. Keep in mind that Rasmussen’s polling was the most accurate in the last general election! He is running an unconventional campaign and proving that the voice of the people is more powerful than the voice of Karl Rove or the size of your campaign warchest! Although he has waffled on some issues and appeared inconsistent, this does not disqualify him from being a formidable opponent against Obama. Remember we were the country that elected GWB, an incoherent Texan. We need to rally behind Cain as he takes this all the way to the Whitehouse! Get on the Cain Train!

Redcoat

October 25th, 2011
3:01 pm

DannyX………….Those questions are exactly what he wants and Reagen is dead.

Redcoat

October 25th, 2011
3:02 pm

DannyX…..Do you like the current tax system/code? Would you like to see it changed?

Centrist

October 25th, 2011
3:05 pm

@ Mark – You are boorish. But then you have a lot of liberal company on this board. Such non-debating skills probably embarrass the more sophisticated liberals here, but they don’t say it.

td

October 25th, 2011
3:07 pm

Mark

October 25th, 2011
2:54 pm

Typical lib tactic. If you can not argue the facts then bash the character of the person. I guess you do not have to read my post if you do ot want too. Guess what your vote for Obama next year in Georgia is not going to be counted. Even if Obama wins your vote is not going to count. If Obama looses your vote is not going to be counted. No matter how hard you work to get people registered to vote, no matter how much money you spend to get people to the polls to vote for Obama there votes will not be counted either.

Redcoat

October 25th, 2011
3:08 pm

Mark…………do you really have to resort to that? Are you typical?

Independent voter

October 25th, 2011
3:08 pm

Td you teaparty member you will say anything to make the president look bad.
Td everybody votes count that why Obama won the election and he will win 2012.

Obama/Biden 2012
Biden Or Hillary 2016

Redcoat

October 25th, 2011
3:13 pm

Independent…………things are going to change no matter how you try to downgrade anyone that may not agree with your choice of leadership. People are paying attention this time…..remember 2010 changes?

td

October 25th, 2011
3:16 pm

clem

October 25th, 2011
2:54 pm

I would agree that he got a little better in debating by the end but Hillary still won all the debates. His handlers are the ones that did the great job. They put him behind the teleprompter to give speeches and kept him away from and hard interviews.

clem

October 25th, 2011
3:18 pm

maybe the repubs need to do the same for it seems like several of their candidates

Independent voter

October 25th, 2011
3:25 pm

So true clem because they got clowns (republican) on the stage maken the repuptard look stupid everyday. President Obama going to make them look stupid at the debate. Perry poll is dropping and Romney the repub dont trust him because he a moderate liberal.

td

October 25th, 2011
3:29 pm

clem

October 25th, 2011
3:18 pm

They will when they get a little closer to the general election. Right now only the hard care political types are paying attention and could even tell you who is running (about 5% to 10% of each party). The general public will not start paying attention until next summer and the independents will not make up their minds until after Labor Day next year.

honested

October 25th, 2011
3:31 pm

By the end of the primary, the entire American public will be aware how unqualified each of those riding in the clown car is. At the same time the only one among them with a hint of a chance in the General will have had public opinion poisoned against him BY HIS OWN PEOPLE.

Obama Landslide 2012!

honested

October 25th, 2011
3:36 pm

redcoat,

As to the 2010 ‘changes’ evidence points to people awakening to the horrible mistakes they made in 2010. I think they are paying attention to how much time and money the ‘Do Nothing House’ has wasted since January.
Won’t be fooled again!

Redcoat

October 25th, 2011
3:38 pm

honested………speaking of unqualified, how much more proof do you need about the current President? Don’t tell me you like the results we are getting? And if you do what are they, I’d like to know.

Independent voter

October 25th, 2011
3:41 pm

Redcoat just see were the republican taken this country and that is chaos in the streets because people need job now not next year after the election. The republican is destroying this country.

Redcoat

October 25th, 2011
3:41 pm

honested……..Oh I forgot it will not be his fault……..go ahead bring it on

td

October 25th, 2011
3:41 pm

honested

October 25th, 2011
3:31 pm

“Obama Landslide 2012!”

Would you like to make a wager on a landslide? I do not know yet if Obama will win or not but I do know it will not be by a landslide. I see more of a Bush/Gore type election.

If Obama wins by a landslide then I will come on these boards and say you were 100% correct and you are the master of politics. If it is not a landslide then you will do the same? Do you want to take that bet?

honested

October 25th, 2011
3:46 pm

redcoat,

To make the debates watchable, they should at least play all of ‘MerryGoRoundBrokeDown’ before the questioning starts.
That way, the American Public could rest assured nothing ‘factual’ would occur.

honested

October 25th, 2011
3:48 pm

redcoat,

As to the results, I am quite happy that the President has done so much to correct the terrible errors committed by the shrub administration.
Just think of how much better things might be if the repugs had put the good of the Country over their failed idealism.