Funny, cuz it’s true.
Funny, cuz it’s true.
Obama remains ahead of Romney 46% to 42% in those states. But don’t tell the GOP establishment. They’ll cry and call you names.
RASMUSSEN (h/t Rightscoop)– President Obama now trails former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum by four points in a hypothetical 2012 matchup in combined polling of key swing states Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. The president continues to hold a modest lead in those states.
Santorum leads the president 48% to 44% in the so-called Core Four states. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate in this matchup, and two percent (2%) are undecided. This marks a shift from last week, when the president was slightly ahead of Santorum.
Obama remains ahead of Romney 46% to 42%, showing no change from last week. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate in this matchup, and six percent (6%) are undecided.
The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia was conducted on March 10-15, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Now that you mention it…
Via Professor Jacobson at Legalinsurrection, who writes:
The consistency with which Ron Paul comes to the assistance of Romney has been clear since the fall debates, and Paul almost never has a harsh word to say about Romney.
Paul’s media staff put together some of the most vicious and effective ads, but always against the rising not-Romney. (more >>>)
You can already hear the GOP establishment cranking out the negative ads.
Rasmussen (h/t Weasel Zippers) — Follow the bouncing ball. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum has now bounced to a 12-point lead over Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters finds Santorum with 39% support to the former Massachusetts governor’s 27%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich follows from a distance with 15% of the vote, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul runs last with 10%. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided.
Just over a week ago, it was Romney leading the pack with 34% after his win in the Florida Primary, followed by Gingrich 27%, Santorum 18% and Paul 11%. But then last week Santorum swept GOP caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and a non-binding primary in Missouri as Gingrich continues to stumble in the race to be the conservative alternative to Romney.
This is a follow up to yesterday’s post about the allegations from longtime Ron Paul aid, Eric Dondero, about Paul’s anti-Israel stance.
Today Big Government has more on that, comments made to the reporter back in 2009 about whether Paul would have tried to stop Hitler’s genocide of the Jews. Libertarian ideologue that he is, Paul answered unequivocally, no.
This is in line with his fanatical Libertarian beliefs, and says a lot about his personal moral code. The ‘excuse’ politicians and other elites at the time proffered was that they ‘said’ they didn’t know. The historical record shows that they did indeed know. Paul, however, doesn’t even have that excuse. The horrors of the killing fields, camps, gas chambers, and crematoriumsare are well known by all.
Considering that Paul is quoted as having said that he wished “the state of Israel did not exist at all,” perhaps he’d have also liked to have seen Hitler’s “final solution” succeed.
Big Government – On the evening of Sept. 16, 2009, I was invited to a function for Rand Paul’s U.S. Senate campaign at the headquarters of Americans for Tax Reform.
I had been invited by a friend of mine via Facebook who was a passionate supporter of Ron Paul. Within minutes of arriving, I saw Rep. Paul enter the room, followed by an entourage of several college students.
I immediately walked up to Paul and introduced myself, and Paul smiled at me and shook my hand. I told him that I had always wanted to ask him a question, and that it was a hypothetical question, but I would appreciate his answer nonetheless. Paul smiled, and welcomed the question. At this point there were about 15 people surrounding us, listening.
And so I asked Congressman Paul: if he were President of the United States during World War II, and as president he knew what we now know about the Holocaust, but the Third Reich presented no threat to the U.S., would he have sent American troops to Nazi Germany purely as a moral imperative to save the Jews?”
And the Congressman answered:
“No, I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t risk American lives to do that. If someone wants to do that on their own because they want to do that, well, that’s fine, but I wouldn’t do that.”
Paul then looked at me, and I politely thanked him for his time. He smiled at me again and nodded his head, and many of his young followers were also smiling, and nodding their heads in agreement. Clearly, I was the only one in the room who was disturbed by his response.
When I first presented the story of Paul’s comments about the Holocaust to major news media outlets two years ago, they were so stunned they were afraid to publish my story, and as a result it has remained unpublished until now.
I went to great lengths afterwards to learn more about the basis for Paul’s comments. I spoke to Eric Dondero, a former senior aide for Paul, in February 2010. Dondero is quoted in a Weekly Standard article today about Paul’s isolationist beliefs.
When I called Dondero again this morning, and told him I was finally going forward with the story, he told me that Paul had made similar comments to him.
“He told me numerous times it was not worth it to intervene to save the Jews in World War II,” Dondero said. “I don’t think that’s because he’s an antisemite. It’s because he’s an extreme isolationist and he’s trying to be 100% principled–he doesn’t think there’s any reason to intervene for human rights or any other reason anywhere on the planet.”
Calls to Rep. Paul’s congressional office and campaign office last week and this morning were not returned.
The Holocaust of World War II is not the only historical tragedy that Paul’s isolationism would disregard.
In 2007, the Congressman actually faulted Abraham Lincoln for using military force to end slavery in the Civil War: “He shouldn’t have gone to war… Slavery was phased out in every other country in the world and the way I’m advising that it should have been done is do like the British Empire did; you buy the slaves and release them.”
Editors told me two years ago that they couldn’t believe Paul would respond in the same way to a question about the Holocaust, but I wasn’t surprised. Paul’s answer is actually consistent with much of what he’s been saying for years.
Yet philosophical consistency doesn’t always translate into a policy that is practical–or presidential.
A 16-year former aide to Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Eric Dondero, released a statement on Monday that paints a pretty ugly picture of the Libertarian firebrand and cult leader.
Dondero, according to the Daily Caller, served closely with Paul from 1987 through 2003, beginning as his travel aide and personal assistant when he ran for president on the Libertarian ticket, and ending as a senior aide in Congress from 1997 through 2003.
Most clear-eyed people don’t need a former staffer to tell us that Ron Paul is anti-Israel. He made that pretty clear himself during the debates. Still, what he says is interesting and instructive. Paul is an ideologue and a kook. If he were president, he’d get us all killed, as the guy hasn’t a clue about the true nature of America’s enemies, especially radical Islam.
Daily Caller has the story. The first part is about how Paul was a conspiracy theorist guy on 9/11, and how his entire staff threatened to quit if he didn’t vote for the war in Afghanistan, something he vehemently opposed. Here’s the part that talks about his attitude towards Israel.
Daily Caller – [...] Dondero, who is Jewish, also addressed allegations that Paul is an anti-Semite, racist and homophobe.
Paul, is “absolutely” not an anti-Semite, he continued, but he is “most certainly anti-Israel and anti-Israeli in general,” wishes that “the state of Israel did not exist at all,” and “supports [the Palestinians] calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.”
“There was another incident when Ron finally agreed to a meeting with Houston Jewish Young Republicans at the Freeport office,” Dondero added. “He berated them, and even shouted at one point, over their un-flinching support for Israel. So, much so, that the 6 of them walked out of the office. I was left chasing them down the hallway apologizing for my boss.”
[...] “If Ron Paul should be slammed for anything,” the statement concluded, “it’s not some silly remarks he’s made in the past in his newsletters. It’s over his simply outrageously horrendous views on foreign policy, Israel, and national security for the United States. His near ‘No’ vote on Afghanistan.”
GOP candidates Romney, Gingrich, Perry, Bachmann, and Santorum strutted their pro-Israel bona fides this week at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s forum. Enjoy!
aimaccuracy on Dec 8, 2011 – Republican contenders for President assail Obama over National Security failures.
Here are ads from Newt, Perry, Mitt, and Ron Paul. Each has a different temper. If you’re looking for bang, the Ron Paul ad wins hands down.
Video via Legalinsurrection
mnmajoritydotorg on Dec 3, 2011 – The republican candidates duking it out during the holiday season.
Newt continues his roll.
Rasmussen (via Drudge) — The Newt Gingrich surge has moved him to the top of the polls in Iowa, big gains in New Hampshire and now a two-point edge over President Obama in a hypothetical general election match-up.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters finds Gingrich attracting 45% of the vote while President Obama earns support from 43%. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.
Mitt goes after B.O.’s stinky economy.
Newt Gingrich has really taken off in Iowa. Poor Herman Cain dropped from 1st place to a distant 3rd.
Newt – 32%
Mitt – 19%
Herman – 13%
Ron Paul – 10%, Rick Perry 6%, Michelle Bachmann 6%
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers shows Gingrich with 32% followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at 19%. Georgia businessman Herman Cain, who led in Iowa last month, drops to third with 13% of the vote. Texas Congressman Ron Paul draws 10% of the vote in Iowa, while Texas Governor Rick Perry and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann each grab six percent (6%).
Newt – 28%
Cain – 25%
Mitt – 18%
The media drives everything, and will pick the GOP candidate again. It will then do everything possible to ensure a second Obama term. The media is the enemy.
PPP – Newt Gingrich has taken the lead in PPP’s national polling. He’s at 28% to 25% for Herman Cain and 18% for Mitt Romney. The rest of the Republican field is increasingly looking like a bunch of also rans: Rick Perry is at 6%, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul at 5%, Jon Huntsman at 3%, and Gary Johnson and Rick Santorum each at 1%.
Compared to a month ago Gingrich is up 13 points, while Cain has dropped by 5 points and Romney has gone down by 4. Although a fair amount of skepticism remains about the recent allegations against Cain there is no doubt they are taking a toll on his image- his net favorability is down 25 points over the last month from +51 (66/15) to only +26 (57/31). What is perhaps a little more surprising is that Romney’s favorability is at a 6 month low in our polling too with only 48% of voters seeing him favorably to 39% with a negative opinion.
A new CNN poll has very different results:
The Hermancain is still blowing at gale force, and this race is far from over, no matter what the political elite and state-run media say.
An AARP-financed poll released Friday shows Cain ahead of Romney 25% to 22% in Iowa and 28% to 27% in South Carolina. Cain is running a close second in the next key state, Florida.
The media and Republican establishment are outraged that Americans refuse to buy into their incessant hammering of Herman Cain.
But Americans are fed up with both of these tyrants and, so far, are refusing to allow these organizations that hate their guts to choose their candidate for them, as has happened too many times in the past.
New York Daily News – It might be time to stop laughing at Herman Cain.
His presidential campaign, once considered a vanity project designed to sell copies of his new book, continues to chug along the tracks, refusing to be derailed by scandal or the lack of a well-organized staff.
Cain has a lead in a handful of national polls over the heavily favored Mitt Romney — and some political observers believe a once-unthinkable path to the Republican nomination could emerge for the charismatic former pizza CEO.
“No one believed he’d get as far as he has and yet he’s still in this thing,” said Charles Bullock, a political scientist at the University of Georgia, Cain’s home state. “A lot of voters see him as being authentic and a straight-talker,” added Bullock. “He’s not a politician, and that’s a strength right now.”
Cain’s engaging personality and catchy 9-9-9 flat tax plan have overshadowed his lack of experience on matters like foreign policy — and his surprising rise has been aided by his opponents’ weaknesses, pundits noted.
[...] An AARP-financed poll released Friday shows Cain ahead of Romney 25% to 22% in Iowa and 28% to 27% in South Carolina. Cain is running a close second in the next key state, Florida. (more >>>)
Despite the filthy media assault on Herman Cain (and sadly, blogger pile on, too), Florida Republican voters are showing class and grit by not falling for the smear campaign that was launched against the conservative outsider.
Herman was leading the pack in numerous polls when the attacks were launched. He gave up some ground, as anyone would considering the length and intensity of the attacks, but as this poll demonstrates, he is still going strong.
Cain – 30%
Romney – 24%
Newt – 19%
By the way, if you still don’t smell a Democrat rat, read Ann Coulter’s new piece, ‘David Axelrod’s pattern of sexual misbehavior’. The only one with a pattern of sexual misbehavior is the Obama campaign.
Also, see ‘Expert in voice analysis says Cain is truthful’. (h/t Iowntheworld)
Rasmussen – As he continues to battle media coverage over past sexual harassment allegations, businessman Herman Cain leads other Republican hopefuls in the first Rasmussen Reports look at the GOP primary race in Florida.
The latest statewide telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary voters shows Cain with 30% support while former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney picks up 24% of the vote. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich draws support from 19% of Florida GOP voters with no other candidate picking up double-digits.
Cain 26%, Romney 23%, Gingrich 14%
The latest Rasmussen poll was taken after three full days of incessant media attacks.
Rasmussen – Georgia businessman Herman Cain, who continues to battle past allegations of sexual harassment, draws the most support nationally for the Republican nomination.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely GOP Primary voters shows Cain with 26% of the vote over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s 23%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich draws 14% support, with no other GOP contender reaching double-digits. Thirteen percent (13%) of GOP voters are undecided at this time. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
As for the rest of the field, Texas Governor Rick Perry picks up eight percent (8%) support, Texas Congressman Ron Paul gets seven percent (7%), both Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman each pick up two percent (2%), while former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum draws support from just one percent (1%).
It is important to note, however, that only 32% of GOP voters nationwide are firmly committed to their current candidate. Most (68%) say it is possible something could come up that causes them to change their mind.
While Cain’s edge over Romney is within the margin of error, this is the first time the former CEO has held any sort of lead in a national primary poll. Last month, Cain and Romney were tied at 29% each. In September, Cain picked up just seven percent (7%) of vote and Perry was the frontrunner.
The latest survey was conducted Wednesday night, after three full days of press coverage about the sexual harassment allegations against Cain.
The Cain Train continues to roll, despite the sabotage of the media-made phony controversy which rolled out some logs on the track before him.
Rasmussen has him leading in South Carolina, beating Mitt Romney by 10 points. This after two days of ‘scandal’.
Cain’s one-to-one match-up with Obama remains unchanged, Obama beating him 43-38%. But that is meaningless at this point. After all, Rasumussen also reports that a generic Republican is earning 47% support, while Obama picks up 42%.
Included among Rasmussen’s latest poll dump, was one that says 79% of American Adults think political correctness is a serious problem in America today, up five points from a year ago. Just 16% feel it’s not a problem for the country.
This might partially explain Cain’s success with his recent ‘smoking man’ ad, and the pick up in donations it helped to bring into his campaign.
Rasmussen – In South Carolina, businessman Herman Cain leads the GOP field with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney ten points behind. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the only other candidate in double digits. The survey was conducted on Tuesday night following two days of media coverage concerning allegations of sexual harassment against Cain.
The Huntsman campaign released a devastating anti-Romney ad the other day.
(h/t Weasel Zippers)
The Cain Train has overtaken Mitt Romney for the lead in the important Iowa primary race. Cain has surged 13 points since the first Iowa Poll conducted in late June.
Herman Cain – 23%
Mitt Romney – 22%
Ron Paul – 12%
Michelle Bachmann – 8%
Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry – 7%
DES MOINES, Iowa – Herman Cain and Mitt Romney top The Des Moines Register’s new Iowa Poll, with the retired pizza executive edging the former Massachusetts governor 23 percent to 22 percent in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Cain has surged 13 percentage points since the first Iowa Poll of the caucus cycle, conducted in late June. His rise has come despite spending little time in Iowa recently, campaigning here just once since the Aug. 13 Iowa straw poll, where he placed fifth.
Likewise, Romney has campaigned in Iowa just three times this year, but he retains a core network of supporters from his near-constant presence in the state during his first presidential bid four years ago.
In the new poll, Congressman Ron Paul of Texas is the only other candidate in double digits, in third place with 12 percent.
The Iowa caucuses are scheduled for Jan. 3. The Iowa Poll, a Register exclusive since 1943, is a much-watched indicator of how candidates are faring in the nation’s leadoff caucus state.
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, winner of the Iowa straw poll, has seen her popularity wane. In the June Iowa Poll, she enjoyed support of 22 percent of respondents, trailing poll leader Romney by a single percentage point. She has dropped to 8 percent and fourth place in the new poll.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was not yet a candidate when the June poll was conducted. But he soared to the top of national polls when he entered the race in August. However, after a string of much-criticized debate performances, his star dimmed nationally. He’s at 7 percent in the new Iowa Poll, tied with former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich for fifth place
The Hermancain seems to have weathered the numerous attacks on him over the past couple of weeks pretty well. Look for the state-run media and establishment Republicans to kick up their attacks on him another couple of notches.
Herman Cain – 24%
Mitt Romney – 20%
Newt Gingrich – 12%
Rick Perry – 10%
Fox News – Herman Cain has taken the lead for the Republican presidential nomination as voters continue to deny Mitt Romney clear frontrunner status, according to a Fox News poll.
Cain’s support has quadrupled among Republican primary voters since late August, according to the poll. Cain leads the pack at 24 per cent of the vote.
While it is the first time Romney has trailed Cain, it is the second time he has been ousted from the lead since July.
Romney received 20 per cent support of primary voters, according to the poll. That is down from 23 per cent last month and a high of 26 per cent in early August.
Newt Gingrich now comes in third with 12 per cent — edging out Texas Governor Rick Perry. The former House Speaker — like Cain — has seen his support quadruple since late August.
Perry’s support has dropped to 10 per cent, down from 19 per cent in September. After his mid-August announcement, Perry captured 29 per cent of the vote and took the frontrunner role from Romney. (more >>>)
The Hermancain continues to gather strength across the nation. Voters in Nevada are not tilting his way. Earlier this week Cain also took the lead in Iowa, beating Romney by ten. He already won the Florida straw poll.
Cain – 31
Romney - 29
Gingrich – 20
Paul – 10
Perry – 4
Bachmann – 1
Washington Times – LAS VEGAS — The good news continued for Herman Cain Friday, as the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO won the Western Republican Leadership Conference straw poll of GOP presidential contenders, edging out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — and leaving Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a distant fifth place.
Mr. Cain, whose longshot campaign got a major boost by winning a major Florida straw poll last month, received nearly 31 percent of the vote and Mr. Romney pulled in nearly 29 percent of the vote. Mr. Gingrich, who has also risen in recent national polls after his campaign’s shaky start, secured more than 20 percent of the vote. Texas Rep. Ron Paul finished with about 10 percent, Mr. Perry received almost 4 percent, and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota received just 1 percent.
The results follow Mr. Cain’s surprise victory in the so-called Presidency 5 straw poll in Orlando last month, which was seen as a big blow to Mr. Perry’s front-runner status at the time.
Despite all the recent attacks, the Hermancain continues with gale force winds to his back.
Rasmussen – Thursday, October 20, 2011
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.
The long knives have been out for Herman Cain for the past week, and none longer or sharper than those carried by the Republican establishment and their scribblers. They mock him. They lie about his 9-9-9 plan, and they insist he is “a joke“.
A new Rasmussen poll, however, begs to differ, showing that the Hermancain is still blowing at gale force, puffing up the skirts of the Republican elite.
According to Rasmussen, only Cain is beating Obama in a face off, registering a Hermancain category 1 strength at 43 -41%. Hopefully, as more people pull the bananas out of their ears and give the man a listen, he’ll be at category 4 strength by the end of the year.
Rasmussen — Whether Herman Cain’s surge in the polls is temporary or has staying power, he’s enjoying a big enough bounce to take a very slight lead over President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. At the moment, the Georgia businessman is the only Republican with a lead of any kind over Obama, although former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has held a similar advantage several times and is currently trailing the president by just two points.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows Cain attracting 43% support, while Obama earns 41%. Given such a matchup, eight percent (8%) prefer some other candidate, and another eight percent (8%) are undecided.
Cain is tied with Romney for the lead in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Nobody else is even close at the moment.
Some positive words for the Hermancain by two heavyweights.
House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan says he “loves” Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says that he thinks Herman Cain could sweep the South, and that his family would vote for him.
Update: Art Laffer, a former member of Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board and the man who created the Laffer Curve, is also in favor of Cain’s 9-9-9 plan. (video below)
Daily Caller — House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan says he “loves” presidential candidate Herman Cain’s signature “9-9-9″ tax plan.
Ryan told The Daily Caller in an exclusive interview that Cain’s plan shows the GOP presidential campaign season has entered into a more advanced stage where ideas — not just personalities — have come to the forefront.
“We need more bold ideas like this because it is specific and credible,” Ryan said. “I’m more of a flat-tax kind of a guy.”
The budget chairman went on to say that ideas like Cain’s plan could help shape the debate over tax reform moving into 2013.
“It’s great to see such bold ideas,” Ryan told TheDC. Keep reading…
Here’s the Daily Caller on Barbour’s comments.
Daily Caller – Should black conservative Herman Cain be the Republican Party’s nominee for president, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said he would not face a problem sweeping the former states of the Confederacy.
On the Thursday broadcast of Laura Ingraham’s radio show, Barbour made the case, saying an election pitting President Barack Obama against Cain would ultimately be a referendum on Obama.
“If this election is where it ought to be — and that is a referendum on how President Obama is doing — Republicans are going to win,” he said. “If Herman Cain is our nominee against Barack Obama, I think he’ll sweep the South.”
Barbour added an anecdote about his family, and how they would support Cain, as proof that would be the case.
“I think if [the election] were today, my wife would vote for Herman Cain,” he said.
“One of my sons — I have grown children, you know — from the first day said, ‘Dad, do you know Herman Cain?’I said, ‘Sure, I’ve known him since I was chairman [of the Republican National Committee].’ He said, ‘Man, I like him, I like what he says.’”
“And that is one of [Cain's] great strengths,” Barbour continued. “He is likable. He does not give you the impression that he is full of himself, but rather than he is a straight-talkin’ person who … calls it like he sees them. He’s not trying to sugar coat anything and at the same time he is not trying to be shrill and a chest beater. He’s a straight talker and I think that makes him very, very attractive to people.”
The Hermancain’s surge can no longer be denied. In poll after poll, firmin’ Herman is leading the other GOP candidates. Both a new PPP poll and a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll show that Cain is Able.
Regardless, Republican elitist nitwits insist that Herman Cain hasn’t a prayer; that the race is over; and that Mitt Romney is the candidate.
(Update: Now a third poll, this one, Rasmussen, also shows Cain in the lead, tied with Romney.)
Public Policy Polling – Yesterday PPP released numbers showing Herman Cain leading Mitt Romney 30-22 in Iowa and our monthly look at the national picture finds the exact same numbers. Cain is up 30-22 on Romney with Newt Gingrich sneaking past Rick Perry for 3rd place at 15% to Perry’s 14% with Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul tied for 5th at 5%, Jon Huntsman 7th at 2%, Rick Santorum 8th at 1%, and Gary Johnson 9th with less than 1%.
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll also show Herman Cain in the lead.
MSNBC – Fueled by Tea Party supporters, conservatives and high-interest GOP primary voters, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain now leads the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
And in yet another sign of how volatile the Republican race has been with less than three months until the first nominating contests, the onetime frontrunner, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, has plummeted to third place, dropping more than 20 percentage points since late August.
“Cain is the leader … That’s the story,” said Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff.
[...] Cain checks in as the first choice of 27 percent of Republican voters in the poll, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 23 percent and Perry at 16 percent. After those three, it’s Texas Rep. Ron Paul at 11 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 8 percent, Bachmann at 5 percent and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman at 3 percent.
Herman Cain wowed the audience at the Values Voter Summit. No Teleprompter for the Hurricain. It’s easy to see why Herman Cain has surged in the polls – passion, common sense, clarity. And all delivered with an ease that comes from knowing what you believe.
(video the Rightscoop)
Weekly Standard – It was hard to keep track of how many times Herman Cain brought the crowd at the Values Voters Summit to their feet during his speech Friday afternoon. You really have to watch Cain’s speech to appreciate his success. With a good sense of humor, the cadence and inspirational tone of a preacher, and a rich and booming baritone voice, Cain’s charisma is what truly separates him from the rest of the Republican field.
Of course, it’s Cain’s charisma combined with rock-ribbed conservatism that appeals to these Republican voters. He told the values voters there’s some “garbage” spread about him that he wanted to clear up. “I believe in life from conception, period. No exceptions,” said Cain, as the crowd rose to their feet. “I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman.”
“You can pursue liberty all you want, as long as you don’t tread on someone else’s life, and that includes the life of the unborn,” he added. Cain has been criticized by groups such as the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List and the National Organization for Marriage for not signing their respective pledges, but the lines definitely seemed to win over the crowd.
The values voters enthusiastically cheered Cain’s comments on non-social issues, too. ”America wants to raise some Cain, not more money!” Cain said. He took aim at the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters. “Wall Street didn’t write these failed economic policies, the White House did. Why don’t you move the demonstrations to the White House?” he said. “That’s why you don’t have a job! That’s why you don’t have a business! Move it to the White House!” (keep reading >>>)