In front of hundreds of supporters at his Atlanta headquarters, Herman Cain announced that he has decided to end his campaign for president.
Herman Cain’s decision to end his presidential campaign shakes up the race for the Republican nomination just one month before Iowans will attend the caucuses. While most political pundits are now going to obsess over who will pick up Cain’s support in the polls, his absence will make a much bigger impact than that.
How Cain’s Exit Impacts the Iowa Caucuses
Allows Voters to Focus on Ideas and Issues
Cain’s campaign had become a distraction. Instead of focusing on the differences between the candidates on important issues, the drama surrounding Cain dominated the news.
Makes the Debate Stage Less Crowded
Do not overlook how significant one less person on the debate stage will be to candidates like Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum. Both have been solid debaters, but they don’t get many questions because of their position in the poll. With two major debates taking place in Iowa between now and the caucuses, Cain’s exit gives others an opening.
Creates an Opportunity for Candidates Like Bachmann, Perry, and Santorum
With Cain gone, candidates such as Bachmann, Perry, and Santorum can now work to get a larger piece of the pie. We have already seen how important momentum is in this race. If one of these three candidates can gain the support of Cain’s loyal supporters, it could create momentum.
The national media thinks that they will all go to Gingrich because he is the alternative to Romney. I don’t know if that is going to be the case. Many of Cain’s Iowa backers are passionate about the immigration issue, which is a weakness for Gingrich. Plus, Iowans might be looking for the alternative to Gingrich now that he is the frontrunner and Romney is not much of a factor in the state.
Bachmann Responds to Cain Suspending His Campaign
Urbandale, Iowa – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has issued the following statement in response to the news that Herman Cain has suspended his campaign for the GOP nomination for president:
“Herman Cain provided an important voice to this process. His ideas and energy generated tremendous enthusiasm for the conservative movement at a time it was so desperately needed to restore confidence in our country. I wish Herman, his wife Gloria, and his family all the best.”
Newt: Cain will Continue to be a Powerful Voice in the Conservative Movement
Staten Island, NY – Republcian Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich released the following statement today reacting to the news that Herman Cain is suspending his campaign:
“Herman Cain’s 999 plan got our country talking about the critical issue of how to reform our tax code and he elevated the dialogue of the Republican presidential primary in the process. I am proud to know Herman Cain and consider him a friend. I know from having worked with him for more than a decade he will continue to be a powerful voice in the conservative movement for years to come.”
Statement from Gov. Rick Perry on Herman Cain Announcement
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding Herman Cain’s announcement to suspend his campaign:
“I know this was a difficult decision for Herman Cain, his family and his supporters. He helped invigorate conservative voters and our nation with a discussion of major tax reform. Anita and I wish him and his entire family all the best.”
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