Tagged: Herman Cain

Is Latest Cain Accuser a Democrat Donor?

If you didn’t see the news today, there is a new woman who has come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain.

Unlike the other women, this woman has actually come forward, released her name, appeared before the cameras, and given a great amount of detail about what allegedly happened back in 1997 involving herself and Mr. Cain.  The woman’s name is reportedly Sharon Bialek, a resident of Chicago.

I did a little research tonight and found an “Adelaide Bialek” that lives in Palos Park, IL, a very close suburb of Chicago.  It appears that this person gave $200 to Hillary Clinton in 2008.  This may be nothing, but it perhaps deserve a look.  How many Bialeks could there be in Chicago? (or anywhere, for that matter)

That’s all the information I have at this point, and probably as far as I can take this story.  Perhaps Politico will use their fantastic investigative skills and find out if the same woman we saw cheerily making some serious allegations today has a political agenda.  But don’t hold your breath.

Nic Horton


54% of Republican Voters Aren’t Concerned About Cain Allegations

A new NBC/WSJ poll shows that 54% of likely Republican primary voters are not concerned with the Herman Cain sexual harassment allegations.  15% say they are “just a little” concerned.

The poll was conducted November 2nd through the 5th, comprised of 1,000 ‘adults.’  That is all of the statistical information that is being released until after the news tonight.

Absolutely fascinating to see Cain continue to defy political conventional wisdom.  The more the media and establishment of the party push back, the more his numbers–in the polls and in the bank–continue to rise.  Of course everyone is saying that his rise cannot be sustained under such unrelenting scrutiny, but time will tell.  These are the same people who have said he would never be a top tier candidate and never had a chance of being the nominee.

We will see how he weathers the latest round of attacks from Gloria Allred.  I’ll have my opinion/predictions later this evening.

Nic Horton


Iowa Poll: Cain 22%, Gingrich 18%, Romney 15%

A new Iowa poll released today shows that Herman Cain is still leading in Iowa, as Newt Gingrich has surged to 2nd place for the first time.

As Newt surges, Mitt Romney falls to 15%, a 3rd place finish, just in front of Ron Paul & Michele Bachmann at 11%.

No other candidates garnered more than 5%.

H/T Political Wire.


Nic Horton

National Poll Shows Cain Leading Romney by 8%

Big news today for the Cain campaign:  Public Policy Polling has released results from a poll that shows Herman Cain now leading Mitt Romney by 8% nationally, matching his 8% lead over the ‘front-runner’ Romney in Iowa.  Cain pulled 30% to Romney’s 22%.   To my knowledge, Romney has surpassed 30% nationally this election cycle.

Gingrich also made a big move by surpassing Rick Perry for the first time at 15%.

More evidence that Romney’s victory is not as inevitable as some think.

The poll also shows other very interesting trends:  when asked, “If the Republican race came down to Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, who would you vote for?,” 48% say Herman Cain, while only 36% say Mitt Romney.  This confirms something that I pointed out last night:  when the other candidates vacate the field, leaving Romney and one of the conservative top-tier candidates, the other candidate wins.

The same question was asked about a Perry-Romney head-to-head matchup:  Perry received 38% to Romney’s 48%, with 14% undecided.

Cain beats Perry head-to-head, 55-27, with 17% unsure.

Another question was posed about Romney, Perry, and Cain: “Do you think that ____ is too liberal, too conservative, or about right?”

51% said Romney is “about right,” 53% said Perry is “about right,” but 71% think Cain is “about right.”

Cain also has the highest favorability in the race at 66%, with the next closest being Gingrich at 57%–both higher than Romney’s 55%.  Newt Gingrich, despite all of his political baggage, and Herman Cain, a virtual unknown this time last year, have higher favorability than someone who has campaigned for president for 5 years, with a huge campaign war chest.

The results of the poll show:

  • Herman Cain – 30%
  • Mitt Romney – 22%
  • Newt Gingrich – 15%
  • Rick Perry – 14%
  • Michele Bachmann – 5%
  • Ron Paul – 5%
  • Jon Hunstman – 2%
  • Rick Santorum – 1%

The poll was conducted October 7th-10th, so it does not take into account the Christie endorsement of Romney yesterday or last night’s debate.
Nic Horton

What is Mitt Romney’s Path to the GOP Nomination?

I keep hearing all of these comments about the “inevitability of Romney” as the Republican nominee.  Perhaps I could understand if Romney was really the front-runner–everyone likes a winner, so it would be somewhat understandable to see people moving his way.  What’s troubling me is how a candidate can campaign for president for 5 years, have (virtually) unlimited resources, and still pull barely 20% in national primary polls.

I have asked several of my Romney-supporting friends this simple question and I am yet to receive an answer: “What is Mitt Romney’s path to the Republican nomination?”  What I want to hear is a specific path, state by state.

Will he win Iowa?  Doubtful.  He had reportedly withdrawn from the state, not participating in its straw poll.  A new poll today from Public Policy Polling shows Cain leading there by 8 points.

Will he win New Hampshire?  Yes, probably.

Will he win South Carolina?  It’s possible, but looking increasingly uncertain.  Monday, Cain took a slight lead in a poll out of that state.

Will he win Florida?  Possibly, but again, Cain is surging, rising to a statistical tie with Romney there last week.

Another poll released today shows a statistical tie between Cain & Romney in Virginia.

And at the end of the day, this comes down to simple arithmetic.  There are 8 candidates running for president.  Mitt Romney has about 20% support nationally.  This means that 1 out of 5 Republican voters want someone other than Mitt Romney.  And when the lower tier candidates begin dropping out, the remaining 50-60% of support left in the field is not going to go to Mitt Romney.

Romney may draw some votes from Hunstman supporters, but no one is voting for him anyway.  The other 5 conservative candidates’ supporters–Bachmann, Perry, Paul, Gingrich, Cain & Santorum, minus the one that will ultimately square off with Romney–will go to the non-Romney candidate.  Their cumulative support currently totals about 80%.  The person left standing to face Romney, barring unforeseen events, will likely be the GOP nominee.

What is critical here is timing:  if too many of the conservative candidates stay in too long, they could end up splitting the votes in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida, giving Romney enough of an edge to prevail.  If enough of them get out of the race–soon–they could rally behind one of the top-tier conservative candidates and easily defeat Romney.

I’m not saying Romney can’t win, I’m not saying he can’t beat Obama; but he is a vulnerable candidate with no clear, predestined path to the nomination, despite the conventional wisdom in the media & party establishment.  Nothing is inevitable in politics.

Nicholas Horton


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Cain’s “Problem With That Analysis Line” Used In a Previous Presidential Debate

Herman Cain had a great line in tonight’s debate when responding to the moderator’s question about his 9-9-9 plan.  His response?  “The problem with that analysis is that it is incorrect.”

The audience roared with laughter–it was a funny line, for sure.  But perhaps it was funnier than even the audience realized.

While not an exact quote, the remarks are strikingly similar to comments exchanged between Cain & President Clinton during a HillaryCare ‘town hall meeting’ in 1993.

Here’s the clip, time mark 4:45:

N. Horton

Why Herman Cain is Here to Stay

If you’ve been anywhere near a television in the last 10 days, you’ve likely heard the name Herman Cain.  Cain has been on a meteoric rise in the GOP primary, partially due to the difficulties the Perry & Bachmann campaigns have been experiencing.  But to attribute Cain’s rise completely to the lack of a sufficient alternative, as many pundits are doing, is not quite fair.

Allow me to share 3 points, in Cain-fashion, about why Cain’s rise is genuine & will be sustained.

1. Confidence.  While dining with some friends recently, one of my buddies turned to another and said, “Man, I just don’t understand. How do you get all these pretty girls?”  My other friend simply replied, “It’s easy. It’s just confidence.”  And that was Herman Cain’s philosophy for courting his wife and for courting the American voters .

In his new book, Cain talks extensively about growing up in the segregated South, and the difficulties his family encountered.  But one thing is for sure:  Herman Cain is no victim, and he attributes this victorious, confident mentality to his parents’ unwavering values.

[Dad] never allowed his starting point in life or the racial conditions of his time to be excuses for failing to pursue his dreams.

Cain also speaks repeatedly in the book of his determination in life, saying that the quickest way to motivate him is to tell him that he can’t do something.  He even pursued (and obtained) his masters degree at Purdue in part because his boss in the Department of the Navy told him he couldn’t do it.

Since entering the presidential race, Cain has projected confidence, conducting himself like a front-runner despite the fact that the majority of the electorate had not even heard of him.

His confidence has served him well.  After participating in the first presidential debate in May, Frank Luntz’s focus group declared him the winner with nearly 50% of the vote.  Since that time, momentum has been building, with Cain rising steadily in the polls and now leading in South Carolina, a key primary state.

Now that Cain has achieved ‘top-tier status,’ he’s not backing down from his tell-it-like-it-is, confident approach.  As a prelude to tonight’s debate in New Hampshire, he says he is “going after Romney.”

Perhaps there is no better example of Cain’s boldness than his “9-9-9 plan.”  The plan would institute a 9% national sales tax, 9% income tax, and a 9% corporate tax.

When Herman Cain was asked why he is running for president, he replied, “To BE president…America has problems!  I am a problem-solver!”

In the face of insurmountable odds throughout his life, Cain’s confidence has never wavered.  It won’t waiver now.

2. Business experience.  It goes without saying that voters are craving jobs & a leader with real business experience.  Many GOP voters have looked for the past year towards Mitt Romney for this leadership.  That is beginning to change.

As more of Romney’s governing record comes to light, voters are turning elsewhere.  Perry drew a lot of them to his camp in August as he entered the race, touting Texas’ record of job creation during his time as governor.  There is no doubt that the Texas record is impressive, but Romney has done an adequate job of dismantling Perry’s “job cred” during the last few debates, reminding voters that government does not create jobs.  

Now voters are looking for a businessman with a conservative record, a problem-solver.  And they’re finding it in Herman Cain.

You probably know the story:  Cain’s father worked three jobs in order to save enough money to send his kids to college.  Herman graduated college and went on to be an executive at Pillsbury, Burger King, and then CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.  He’s solved problems, he’s signed paychecks–and he’s maintained his integrity along the way.

Cain’s strong record as a businessman and long-established problem-solving abilities are his greatest political assets.  And they won’t depreciate.

3. Inspiration.  The Herman Cain story is an American story.  It is a story of hard work, discipline, and confidence.  Starting from nothing, and rising to the top; fulfilling the American dream–Cain says his American dream was “to have a job that paid $20,000 a year.”  He has far surpassed this.

If you’ve never heard Herman Cain speak, venture over to YouTube.  He almost always begins with a quote from a founding father or philosopher.  His speeches are always filled with 3-to-5 point lists of solutions to different problems.  And his deep voice fills up any room, captivating audiences with his oratory skills, much like Obama did in 2008.

Not only are Cain’s story & speaking abilities inspiring, but his message is inspiring as well.  Low taxes, clear foreign policy, a plan to roll back excessive federal regulations–starting with the EPA–and perhaps most inspiring of all, a commonsense approach to the problems America is facing.  He’s a cancer survivor, an achiever of the American dream.  Whether he’s your choice for president or not, there’s no denying that Herman Cain is an inspiration.

Many in the ‘establishment’ are promoting the notion that Cain’s time in the spotlight is only temporary, much like Bachmann and Perry.  But Herman Cain has risen to the top tier on the merits of Herman Cain; because of confidence, business experience, and his ability to inspire audiences with style and substance.

Cain’s simple message and ability to instill confidence, lead from experience, and inspire people have made him a serious contender for the GOP nomination–and he’s not going anywhere.

Nicholas Horton

The Arkansas Patriot is a conservative organization dedicated to equipping citizens with the truth, insuring transparent government, and encouraging citizens to question their government boldly.  Contact The Patriot at arkansaspatriot@gmail.com