May 24th, 2011

Cain’s Huge Launch Includes Turbulence

By Craig Robinson

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, 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

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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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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