I have to say that as someone who has been taking a pretty good look at the positions of the declared and semi-declared GOP presidential candidates so far, I am pleased that such a large number of people believe Herman Cain won last night’s first GOP presidential debate in South Carolina.
That was the consensus of a focus group held after the debate, and I have continued to hear that from other sources as well.
Herman Cain is undoubtedly among the top two or three most conservative candidates–if not the most conservative–and that makes him the best representative of GOP values. The best representative of GOP values should without a doubt be the GOP nominee.
Frank Lutz asked the focus group of 20-30 people how many of them had come to the debate with Herman Cain as their first choice; only one hand went up. He asked how many would be leaving with him as their first choice and at least 40% of the hands went up. The majority also believed he won the debate.
Perhaps his best line of the night was when Cain was asked about his lack of experience working in government. He replied that most of the people in Washington D.C. today had plenty of government experience, “And how’s that working out for you?”
If you want to know more about Herman Cain–and you should, if you are a Republican or a conservative–you can start here and here. Cain is a successful business man who came from a humble beginning to become the man who pulled Godfather’s Pizza out of a dive for bankruptcy. Since our country is on a similar dive for financial ruin, Cain is a fantastic choice to fix our nation’s financial problems and turn our country around. He also possesses solid conservative values in all areas and articulates them well. He is a man of character and conviction.
Last night’s solid performance may just be what he needs to launch him from a relatively unknown (on a national scale) candidate to a real contender with the empty suits that are right now the most recognized names in the Republican field.
In 2008, the Republican Party rejected the candidate(s) which truly represented GOP and traditional American values, in favor of the candidate “who was next in line,” the candidate with easy name recognition.” What did we get for that? We got the #1 most liberal senator, Barack Obama, who has pushed government control to unprecedented levels and has accumulated more national debt in two years than our nation has seen in our entire history.
Let’s not screw it up in 2012. Let’s get behind a real Republican like Herman Cain.