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Raising Cain in the Presidential race

Saturday, October 08, 2011 - 02:40

Oct. 7 - Former pizza executive Herman Cain gains traction in the race to become the Republican presidential nominee. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

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After languishing on the margins of a crowded field of Republican presidential candidates, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain has had an unexpected surge in the 2012 presidential race. Polls show him surpassing Texas Governor Rick Perry in recent polls and tieing with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for the lead. SOUNDBITE: Republican Presidential Candiate Herman Cain, saying: (English): "The American dream is under attack, the American dream is under attack because we have become a nation of crises and that shining city on a hill that Ronald Reagan talked about has started to slide down the side of the hill because of all these crises." After winning a straw poll in Florida, almost overnight Cain went from an afterthought to a legitimate voice in the 2012 race. But analysts say turning that boomlet into long-term and broad support will be a very difficult task for a novice candidate with no money and a relatively meager campaign organization. Bradley Blakeman is a former adviser to President George W. Bush. SOUNDBITE: Bradley Blakeman, former adviser to President George W. BushRepublican Presidential Candiate Herman Cain, saying: (English): "As good as he is in the business acumen, he lacks in international affairs and trade and other important factors that are going to be important to the American people. Certainly 2012 is about the economy, being president is much more about that." Cain appeals to social conservatives and Tea Party activists with his blunt views on social issues and a proposal to drastically rewrite tax laws. Blakeman says Cain could be play a key role in a Republican Administration. SOUNDBITE: Bradley Blakeman, former adviser to President George W. BushRepublican Presidential Candiate Herman Cain, saying: (English): "Herman Cain, in a Republican administration would be an all-star Commerce Secretary. He would be amazing, the salesman of America. He could sell ice to the Eskimos. This guy is fantastic.That's the type of niche he would fill in a Republican administration." The presidential election will be held in November 2012. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Raising Cain in the Presidential race

Saturday, October 08, 2011 - 02:40