An audience of 270 GOP activists in Council Bluffs, Iowa was the first to hear Herman Cain say the words, “I’m going to run for president of the United States”. Cain headlined the Pottawattamie County GOP’s fundraiser Friday evening, one day before he officially announced his candidacy at a rally in Atlanta. The crowd in Council Bluffs gave Cain a standing ovation when they heard those words. He received another, full 60 second standing ovation at the conclusion of his speech, TheIowaRepublican.com was told.
However, the Council Bluffs reception paled in comparison to the throng of 15,000 supporters that roared their approval in Cain’s hometown on Saturday. However, an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” showed that foreign policy continues to be Cain’s weakness. He was not familiar with the term “right of return” in regards to Israel and Palestine. He must sharpen his knowledge on these topics quickly if he is going to continue to turn heads.
On the bright side, Cain also won yet another straw poll. He claimed 55% of the support in a dollar-per-vote poll at the Pottawattamie County event. He was the only presidential candidate in attendance. Interestingly, Sarah Palin finished 2nd with 38%. Representatives from “Organize4Palin” were on hand. Michelle Bachmann picked up 5% of the votes. No other candidate surpassed 1%.
“Of course these results are not scientific, but I am going to say they accurately reflect the mood of the evening,” said Pottawattamie County GOP chair Jeff Jorgenson. “I’m going to say that Herman’s is going to do very well in the Iowa Caucuses. He could take the Ames Straw Poll. He’s really impressed people in western Iowa.” Jorgenson said he plans to remain neutral in the GOP race.
Cain has already made three stops in Council Bluffs this year, far surpassing any other candidate. Jorgenson says he gains in popularity with each visit. However, other local GOP activists are not convinced Cain can win. “I like Herman, but I don’t know how electable he is,” Mary Jones, a central committee member told TheIowaRepublican.com.
One thing is for sure. There is no candidate in the field who can fire up a crowd the way Herman Cain does. His views on enforcing the border drew thunderous applause. They included a half-joking line (I think) about building a moat, stocked with alligators. (Watch the video below) However, Herman Cain will need more than applause lines to win the Iowa Caucus.
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