Reflecting national trends, businessman Herman Cain has now jumped to the front of the Republican pack in Iowa.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Iowa caucus-goers shows that Cain is in front with 28% followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at 21%. Congressman Ron Paul is a distant third at 10% followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 9%, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann at 8%, and Texas Governor Rick Perry at 7%. The sixth place finish for Perry is a sharp decline from early September when Perry was the frontrunner both nationally and in Iowa.
At this point, Herman Cain has the wind at his back. It is of utmost importance that he spend time fleshing out his foreign policy and war on terror platform positions. The idea that he can wait until he is privy to Top Secret security briefings is ludicrous and will cost him big as expectations are extraordinarily high for frontrunners this election season.
Of course now that Cain is in the lead, the media is finally paying attention to him. Here is a piece by Bloomberg on Cain buying his own book with campaign funds.
And Politico is actually planning the demise of his campaign here:
“Anything that can help make the case that he can’t win is where you have to go — because when you have an Obama kind of threat looming over the party, it doesn’t matter how good your ideas are,” said Joe Trippi, who noted that the organization and fundraising he helped the Dean campaign build in 2004 was crucial to keeping their fire for months. “You’ve got to make the case to Republican primary voters about why you don’t want to take a chance on Cain.”Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/66411_Page3.html#ixzz1bL5fqotf
Speechless. Politico basically says: “Any candidate but Cain.”
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