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.
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.
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.”
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