September 29, 2011 Herman Cain delights in not being a professional politician and he's unlikely to be confused for one, at least not this week. Because the last thing a professional politician would ever do is insult voters he claimed to be interested in attracting, for instance, by saying that those same voters were "brainwashed."
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain during a Sept. 7 debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
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September 29, 2011 "African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view," the Republican presidential contender tells CNN. He believes he could win a third of the black vote, though.
September 26, 2011 Herman Cain, who won the Florida Straw Poll over the weekend, is no newbie when it comes to showing up career politicians. Texas Gov. Rick Perry was just the latest one to be Hermanized by the former Godfather's pizza company CEO. In 1994, President Bill Clinton had an encounter with Cain in which many conservatives believe the Man from mozzarella got the best of the Man from Hope.
Herman Cain speaks prior to Florida's straw poll at the Orange County Convention Center on Saturday in Orlando. Cain was a clear winner in the non-binding poll.
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September 26, 2011 Herman Cain won Saturday's straw poll at the Florida Republican convention in Orlando. The bigger news was that Rick Perry, who had been the favorite, finished a weak second.
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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks before Florida's straw poll at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on Saturday. Cain won the straw poll with 37 percent of the vote.
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September 24, 2011 The former Godfather's Pizza CEO easily beat Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. It's a big victory for Cain, who up until now has not gotten a lot of attention in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, in large part because of his standing in the polls.
Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, makes a point as Texas Gov. Rick Perry listens, during a debate in Orlando, Fla.
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September 23, 2011 Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made the most of his opportunities not only to raise doubts for voters about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's hostility towards Social Security as a federal entitlement but Perry's character.
September 13, 2011 From his hostility to Social Security, to his mandating of HPV vaccinations of 12-year-old girls in Texas, to how much credit he really deserves for his state's economic growth, Perry had to endure repeated thwacks to his 11-year record as governor during the two-hour presidential debate.
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September 8, 2011 We converted Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate transcript into a word cloud so you can see the language the candidates used the most.
August 11, 2011 In the Iowa debate, Mitt Romney, the frontrunner, will likely stick tightly on his message,which is that President Obama has failed to lead, and his approach, which is to play it safe. It's a traditional frontrunner's strategy against an incumbent president of the opposite party.
June 22, 2011 Obama may be vulnerable to a Republican, but it is hard to see him as vulnerable to any Republican in particular. The one exception is Romney.
May 6, 2011 Pundits said Tim Pawlenty succeeded. But how fine a night could it have been for him when the former Minnesota governor failed to directly say whether he equates creationism with evolution? Or when he had to make an abject apology for once supporting proposals to cap greenhouse gas emissions?
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